by Brooke Bosca | Top Right News
A Black teenager who was initially denied a heart transplant because of his criminal record – but who was granted one after a media outcry over “racism” – was killed after committing a home invasion armed robbery, less than two years later.
A masked Anthony Stokes broke into the home of an 81-year old woman in Roswell, Georgia on Tuesday afternoon, firing shots at the woman in a failed robbery attempt.
The 17-year old fled when police responded quickly to the scene. He then led them on a high-speed chase in a stolen car he had carjacked just an hour before, racing through 5 school zones in the early afternoon — then struck a pedestrian and crashed the car. Firefighters had to cut him out of the car, but Stokes died at the scene.
Stokes was the subject of a shameful leftist racial smear against doctors who had correctly denied him a spot on the heart transplant list, despite his numerous violations of the law — by the age of 15.
Stokes had a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that is a common cause of heart failure. Stunningly, when he was first admitted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the young Stokes was wearing an ankle monitor because he’d been placed under house arrest for a recent fight.
Doctors told him a transplant was his only option — but initially refused to put him on the transplant list:
Doctors rebuffed Stokes because he had a “history of noncompliance,” and numerous run-ins with law enforcement, and they did not think he would take his medications or show up for follow-up appointments.
His mother suggested he was a victim of racism. “He’s a young boy,” Hamilton said. “He’s going to make mistakes, but I still think he deserves a second chance.”
NBC’s Today Show championed his cause, showcasing a clean-cut Stokes and his tearful mom, and attacking the hospital as heartless for denying this lovely young man a chance at life.
Worse, the George Soros-funded propaganda mill Media Matters published a scathing attack on the doctors, outright accusing them of racism, and whitewashing Stokes’ disturbing criminal record at only age 15:
Regardless of Anthony’s specific past, his story fits into a larger pattern of racially-motivated skepticism about young black men. The routine criminalization of black youth…which funnels a disproportionate number of black teens into the justice system for minor infractions — ensures that teens like Anthony are often seen as threats. And once society labels those kids as criminal, suspect, or “non-compliant,” their lives are typically considered to have less value.
In other words, #Black(Thug)LivesMatter, a year before Michael Brown attacked Darren Wilson in Ferguson. Forget what he’s actually done — it’s all about race. The Obama Doctrine.
Under this massive national media pressure, the doctors caved, and agreed to put Stokes on the transplant list. Hospital officials even told the Stokes family that Anthony would be at the top of the list because his condition was so serious — news that was celebrated by NBC and dozens of leftist media race-bullies who got their way. He got the surgery, and a new lease on life, in August 2013.
It didn’t take long to see he wasn’t worthy of it.
Only 18 months after he got the transplant — ahead of a truly worthy candidate — that heart finally stopped.
Not quietly in a hospital bed — but in a crushed car, after shooting at an elderly homeowner, leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car, and nearly killing a pedestrian. The doctors were right, and the race-baiting media elites horribly wrong.
Here was Anthony Stokes’ last post on Facebook. What a waste.