In all our lives we are touched by special people who leave a mark and a memory that will never be forgotten. Such a person was Rory Staunton. Though he was only 12 when he left us, Rory had achieved so much and inspired so many people…
Sepsis is an extremely serious condition which is caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection which prompts the body to release chemicals – but the chemicals cause widespread inflammation which can fatally damage the organs.
Created by Rory’s parents, Ciaran and Orlaith, the Rory Staunton Foundation seeks to reduce the number of sepsis caused deaths through education and outreach aimed at faster diagnosis and effective treatment of sepsis particularly in children.
From The New York Times, March 5, 2014, By Jim Dwyer
There it was: an A to Z index on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One morning, Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton of Queens turned to the S page. Somewhere between seasonal flu and sexual health, they were sure, they would find sepsis. It is among the leading causes of death in the United States, taking far more lives than the best-known cancers or heart attacks or criminal violence. Nothing. Rory, 12, died in April 2012 after he was sent home from the emergency room at a major Medical Center in New York City with undiagnosed and untreated sepsis.