Hat Tip to Solly.
There is no way not to have a whole range of feelings over the wasted life and chances that were given to Anthony Stokes. That the heart donation was a most precious gift along with the talent of medical staff to make sure the transplant worked was not something to ever forget. Not for a single day. The second chance of a life is not something to discard.
But it was for Anthony Stokes.
And it should make us upset that there is such a cavalier attitude towards life among some of our youth. What allows for such severe lapses in judgment and a total disregard for common sense leaves the rest of us shaking our heads. I can only think about that unknown person who could have used the heart and made far better choices about the gift of life.
Pictured below is the Facebook image of Anthony Stokes being a thug.
An Atlanta-area teenager who was first denied a heart transplant then given one two years ago, died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records.
Anthony Stokes made national headlines when Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston 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 operation in August 2013.
Police said Stokes, 17, of Decatur died after crashing a vehicle while fleeing from police in Roswell on Tuesday.
According to Lisa Holland of the Roswell Police Department, police began the chase after a home break-in on Alpine Drive. An elderly woman said someone kicked in her door. She ran into her bedroom to call 911.
A responding officer noticed a black Honda Accord that fit the description of a vehicle involved in the home invasion, Holland said. When the officer tried to pull over the car, the driver refused to stop and a chase ensued.
The suspect lost control of the car, hit a curb and a pedestrian, according to police. Then the suspect struck a pole at the intersection of Hembree Road and Highway 9. Authorities extracted him from the car and he was taken to North Fulton Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.