Each of us tries to do our best as Christians or simply good people. We hear what we think is good and act accordingly. However, there are times and people that no matter the help, can not get right with themselves or the world.
How do you tell a parent a generous donation of a child’s heart was wasted or might better have been used by another child who would possibly have valued the gift more? How do you explain to a court that a “race card” is not reasonable when deciding medical issues or any issue for that matter. How can doctors face daily “gift of life” issues of who deserves a heart more? How can parents justify saying “oh he is young and will be better if given a new heart?”
Teen denied, then given transplant dies in police chase
A source close to the family confirms the 17-year-old killed in a high speed police chase was the recipient of a heart transplant in 2013.
Anthony Stokes made national headlines when Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta originally refused to put him on the transplant list “due to having a history of non-compliance.” After a public push from his family, Stokes was added to the list, and went through a successful heart surgery in August 2013.
According to the Roswell Police Department, a home break-in happened off of Alpine Drive. An elderly woman said someone kicked in the door. She ran into her bedroom and called 911. Responding officers attempted to pull the suspect over and a chase ensued.
The suspect lost control, hit a curb and then a pedestrian. The suspect then struck a pole at the intersection of Hembree Road and Highway 9. Authorities extracted him from the car and taken to North Fulton Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Doctors never explained why they felt he would be “non-compliant” when they denied Stokes initial request for a transplant. Stokes was wearing a court ordered ankle monitor at the time. His mother said it was for fighting. A close family friend says it was drugs.
In the two years Stokes had his donor heart , 697 people died waiting to get one.
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We are reminded daily in the press of the liars who sit in seats of power, of people who scream and chant on some issue or other in order to disrupt or gain attention, or supplicants who say over and over “give poor me a chance” then abuse the offering.
Is it any wonder those who might help or those who really might benefit shrug and turn away?
People fought for this young man to give him a chance. People pushed it through court using that worn out tattered race card. The teen said all the words those who sought to help him wanted to hear, but in the end were not his truth. And yet, we have to try for the ones who really might turn their lives around passing to future generations good acts or news.
Much will be made of this teen news-wise then fade away when the next story hits. Just as Hillary’s decline or Obama’s perfidy will fade or be deliberately wiped clean. The lesson, if any for me, is to decide to look for what is not being said in search of the closer truth or determine if it is based on someone’s need to hear or say expected words. We are all guilty at times of both hearing or saying what is expected or anticipated, not real truth.
I have learned over the years to especially beware of the loudest voices and look more toward what the quieter voices are saying. Had we done that in Ferguson before all the violence we would have heard from quieter community voices that these were not community members doing the worst of the raging but imported.
Had we listened with care and historical information to speeches of politicians, we might have reduced or stopped a lot of the many illegal, obnoxious, or unconstitutional problems of today.
Had we not played a favorite card, the liberal bleeding heart card, or apathy card which allowed Hilary or some other politicians to continue in politics, we might have less issues today.
But that is hindsight– and it is human nature to hear selectively. It is also human nature to selectively say what others want to hear. It is up to each of us to mature and hear with a more discerning ear the truth as best we can but even then the odds are stacked by volume, repetitiveness, bully tactics, and crowd mentality.