World’s Bravest Parents, or Apathetic Sociopaths?
By Alex Scott
This article is another example that shows just how the mainstream media places fake stories and narratives into their newscasts. We are all used to seeing large scale staged terror attacks, bombings, mass shootings and truck killings. There have been so many of these false flags/hoaxes in recent years that the public has, quite literally, become desensitized.
What if I told you that in addition to these large-scale attacks the media is also staging smaller scale human interest stories? It has officially come to the point where absolutely nothing the media broadcasts can be trusted.
A Tough Decision
Royce and Keri Young were elated upon finding Keri was pregnant with the couple’s second child. However, their joy would soon turn to sadness and they were faced with a difficult choice. During Keri’s 19 week check-up an ultrasound showed an abnormality. Keri’s doctor informed the couple that their baby girl had anencephaly – a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. The doctor then advised Royce and Keri that anencephaly is a terminal condition and if the baby was carried to full term it would only live for a short time – approximately five minutes to thirty-six hours.
Naturally, Royce and Keri were devastated. Their only two options were to terminate the pregnancy or proceed to carry the child to term. After heavily weighing both options Keri suddenly found the answer. She discussed the matter with Royce as well as her doctor. Instead of terminating her pregnancy, Keri would carry the child to term and then donate the baby’s organs so that other children might live.
On the surface the Young’s decision sounds like a brave, noble and selfless act. To carry a child for nearly five months only to be told that your child will not survive must be devastating. I cannot begin to imagine the emotional roller coaster such a scenario must present. With that said, let us now observe just how Royce and Keri Young coped with the remainder of Keri’s pregnancy.
After receiving the heart-breaking news and then the decision to donate their baby’s organs, Royce Young, who is a sportswriter and commentator for ESPN, posted a touching Facebook message, along with a very pensive looking black and white photo of his wife. It was the widespread sharing of Royce’s message that drew the attention of the mainstream media.
Here is an excerpt from Royce’s viral Facebook post.
“I thought back to the moment where we found out Eva wasn’t perfect, and how literally 30 seconds after our doctor told us our baby doesn’t have a brain, somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ I remember our doctor putting her hand on Keri’s shoulder and saying, ‘Oh honey, that’s so brave of you to say.’”
Royce then goes on to praise his wife’s bravery and selflessness.
“There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced.”
Something about Royce Young’s Facebook post just does not sound natural. Aside from being phrased like that of a penny dreadful novel, it comes across as being incongruous, overly patronizing and disingenuous. And I’m still trying to figure out exactly what “full body ugly crying” means. Who talks like that?
It is difficult to imagine that having just been told her baby would not survive more than a few hours at most Keri Royce would be considering organ donation within 30 seconds of receiving such tragic news. This was, after all, a diagnosis that was completely unexpected. Therefore, for a typically well-adjusted human being and mother, it would require a significant amount of emotional processing in which to come to terms. But this is just the beginning of Royce and Keri Young’s stoic resolve.
I also find the initial response of Keri’s doctor to be a bit strange. Instead of lauding her bravery I think a more realistic response from a physician would have been something along the lines of, “You’ve just received some very traumatic news, Keri. I think you need a little time to process all of this before making any hasty decisions.”
Also, a meme we have come to see more and more over the last few years is women being elevated to a kind of super hero status while men have been relegated to be viewed as generally weak-minded simpletons. This is not to suggest in any way that women are weak. I am simply pointing out a trend projected by the media and Hollywood.
Instant Media Attention
The mainstream media was quick to make this their “feel good” story de jure. People Magazine, Us Weekly, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, The Today Show, CNN, ABC, et al. The media celebrated the couple and their decision of organ donation as if they were the most perfect family in America. It was really quite something.
On March 15, 2017 Royce and Keri Young appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America. The couple spoke in depth about receiving the heart-breaking news of their unborn baby’s anencephaly, the emotional turmoil of welcoming a child into the world only to have to say goodbye, and ultimately their decision to donate their child’s organs in the hope of saving the lives of others. They also reveal to the audience that they decided to name their baby, Eva Grace. Translated, Eva literally means “giver of life”. Nice touch.
Below is the video of the couple’s Good Morning America interview. If you have five minutes to spare I strongly encourage you to watch it and then ask yourself if their behavior is that of someone coping with the inevitable death of a newborn.
One of the most telling statements in the interview is when Royce Young stated the following about his unborn daughter…
“The moment I found out she was terminal she was already dead. She doesn’t have a brain, so is she even a person?”
Seriously? I cannot imagine a father describing his unborn daughter in such a callus, emotionless manner. Throughout the interview neither parent shows any sign of grief or sadness and there are no tears. In fact, both parents sound as if they will be more upset if they do not get to donate Eva’s organs than the fact that Eva will die within a few minutes or hours after she comes into the world. In fact, Royce Young said as much with the following quote. “The mission was simple: Get Eva to full-term, welcome her into this world to die, and let her give the gift of life to some other hurting family.”
Another Unexpected Turn of Events
Two weeks prior to Keri’s scheduled delivery there was another complication. On April 16th Keri had spent the day without having felt her baby move. They decided to go to the hospital and Keri was told to prepare for a possible emergency c-section. Keri’s doctor then performed an ultrasound, but could not find a heartbeat. The doctor then informed Keri that her delivery would result in a still birth. This was, once again, devastating news on top of what the couple had already endured.
Because Eva would be still-born the opportunity to donate her organs was negated. Once the body dies the organs immediately begin putrefying due to lack of oxygenation and blood flow.
Royce and Keri’s hopes of potentially saving other young lives were dashed. Instead, they now had to prepare for yet another emotionally taxing event – one that should have been truly heartbreaking.
Because Eva was to be a still-birth a c-section was no longer necessary and Keri’s labor was induced. The couple spent the remaining hours attempting to brace themselves for something no parent can adequately prepare.
A Heart-Breaking Delivery
After four long emotionally draining months Keri delivered baby Eva the following day, April 17, 2017. What should have been a very sad and somber event seemed more like a macabre celebration when we look at all the strange preparations made by Royce and Keri Young. Let’s look at this more in depth.
Early in the article I mentioned that the Young’s seemed more concerned about making sure they could save Eva’s organs for potential donation then for the over all well-being and concern with their terminally ill, unborn child. To expand on this theory let’s look at Royce Young’s initial reaction after finding out little baby Eva would be still born (emphasis added).
“I stood silently shaking my head. We had tried to do everything right, tried to think of others, tried to take every possible step to make this work, and it didn’t. No organ donation. Not even for the failsafe, research. We felt cheated. What a total rip-off. The word I still have circling in my head is disappointment.”
Instead of being saddened and devastated by the fact that his unborn daughter had died in utero, Royce Young was disappointed that he and his wife could not donate Eva’s organs! I cannot even begin to image being told that my baby would be born dead and consider that to be a “rip-off”. What a heartless thing to say.
The Silver Lining
In the midst of their profound disappoint at not being able to donate Eva’s organs, Keri’s doctor was able to give them some good news. Even though Eva had been still-born the doctor informed them that they would be able to donate Eva’s eyes. This meant that another child could receive the gift of sight.
While not what they had initially hoped for, Royce and Keri were very pleased that something positive had come from Eva having died. In another unbelievable comment here is what Royce had to say after receiving this bit of good news.
“It was the best moment of my life. It wasn’t what we planned or hoped for, but it was everything we needed in that moment. I buried my head in my arms and sobbed harder than I ever have. Keri put her hands over her face and did the same. Happy tears.”
Seriously?! Your wife’s having just delivered your still-born daughter was the best moment of your life? And Keri, who had just delivered a deceased child, was crying “happy tears”? This simply is not believable. I cannot imagine a mother in this situation being happy in any way, shape or form.
As if everything we’ve learned thus far isn’t enough to show this whole storyline was contrived in order to pull at our heartstrings, there is actually more.
Because they were so looking forward to donating little Eva’s organs, and knowing the media was following their story, Royce and Keri Young actually hired a professional photographer to be present in the delivery room. Here are two photographs of Keri and Royce just minutes after Eva’s delivery.
There are two very important aspects to look at regarding these photographs. First of all we see that both photos are black and white. This was done deliberately in order to give a sense of realism to the event. Secondly, while both parents appear to be completely devastated and beside themselves, we see no tears. Any normal parent would have been sobbing uncontrollably and been inconsolable. However, this is always typical with nearly all staged events. It is very hard to shed real tears when you are simply acting. This was probably another consideration for the use of black and white imagery. The realism takes the viewer’s attention away from obvious inconsistencies…such as actual crying.
Even though the above photographs are quite compelling, I have saved the best for last.
Royce and Keri were so elated with giving birth to still-born baby Eva that they actually brought in their two-year-old son for a family photo! What is wrong with these people? How is this in any way believable? Does any of this seem normal? Not only are they smiling as though this is the happiest moment of their lives, but Keri just gave birth not more than an hour (possibly less) prior. It’s rather hard to believe she would appear this well rested. The good news is that we apparently won’t have to be concerned about Keri suffering any postpartum depression.
Royce and Keri Young’s disappointment at not being able to donate Eva’s organs was somewhat alleviated when Keri’s doctor informed them that Eva’s eyes could be donated. In fact, as was stated above, receiving this news resulted in making the news the “happiest day” in the couple’s lives.
When I first began looking into this story I did not spend much time thinking about the donation of Eva’s eyes. It was just a part of the story. I also just assumed “eye donation” really meant that Eva’s corneas were going to someone whose sight would be improved. I was aware that an actual eye transplant is not yet medically feasible. My initial assumption was validated when I came across the following linked article from a medical publication known as Stat. The article states that an actual eye transplant surgery is at least decade from being a reality.
Still, the Young’s, as well as various media outlets, kept repeating that Eva’s eyes, not just her corneas, could be transplanted in a recipient. In fact, we are told that Keri’s doctor specifically informed the couple that they had found a recipient for Eva’s eyes. So, now, on top of all of the other unbelievable facets to this façade we are also suppose to believe that science fiction has now become science fact thanks to Eva’s magical eyes.
On April 27th Royce Young posted a lengthy blog post detailing their entire journey regarding Keri’s pregnancy and the birth of Eva. In his post he states that, according to LifeShare of Oklahoma (an organ donation organization) Eva is the “first ever — not baby, but person — in the state of Oklahoma to donate a whole eye, and she donated two.”
Here is what Royce Young had to say when thinking about the person who is to receive his daughter’s eyes.
“In some ways, though, I’m more excited about her eyes being her living legacy. I keep thinking about looking into them some day, but more than anything, about her eyes seeing her mom, dad and brother.”
Apparently we are suppose to believe that Royce Young someday hopes to meet the recipient of his daughter’s eyes so that he can finally look into them. This is yet another emotional twist to the story meant to garner sympathy.
The above statement helps to confirm that, indeed, Eva’s eyes will be observing the world around them…even though a successful eye transplant is at least a decade away. The sad part is that people are believing everything about this story because they are following their initial emotional response rather than exercising critical thinking and asking questions.
To drive the absurdity even further LifeShare of Oklahoma is said to have made connections in other states to set up eye transplants for the future. They have an infant organ donation plan they now are working with that they shared with other organ procurement organizations. And here’s the kicker. LifeShare is calling their eye donation program “The Eva Protocol”! It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?
From what I could find it does not even seem possible that the eyes of a still-born infant would be viable organs. In the past corneas taking from a still-born have been used. However, the eyes themselves, like other organs, would not be viable when taken from a deceased body.
Once again the media has given us a compelling narrative. They have used a storyline in which they know people, especially mothers, will be inspired by the bravery and selflessness of Royce and Keri Young. In addition they have circulated the story to almost every source of mainstream media.
Many people will comment that just because these parents are not grieving for a lost child, show no tears, consider a still-birth to be a “ripoff” because they cannot donate their baby’s organs, or just seem emotionless about the entire ordeal, it doesn’t mean the story is a hoax. These same people will then repeat my favorite line: “Everybody grieves differently.”
This, however, is a straw man argument and a poor excuse. While it is true that not everyone traverses the many stages of grief in the same manner, we all still grieve, especially when it comes to the loss of our children.
In fact, our manner of bereavement is so consistent that psychologists and sociologists have defined grief by assigning it a set of stages: Shock/Denial/Anger/Bargaining/Acceptance. If, indeed, we all grieved differently then there would be no need for such a scale.
There are however, four separate types of individuals who do not follow the standard stages of grief: 1. Those afflicted with autism and/or Aspergers; 2. Psychopaths; 3. Sociopaths; and 4. Actors. Personally, as I ponder the story of the birth and death of baby Eva I tend to lean toward #4