I am the co-founder of the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention. The Foundation was established following the death of my son, Rory, at age 12 from sepsis. Sepsis kills over 250,000 Americans each year, despite being completely treatable. We work to raise awareness of sepsis, educate parents and young people, and improve hospital sepsis protocols.
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September 30, 2015
When my son Rory died I met with a grief counselor. One of the first questions he asked me was, “Where do you feel the pain?” “I feel it everywhere,” I answered. “It’s right here on the tips of my fingers. It’s in my toes, it’s in my head, it’s in my heart. I feel it in my stomach, I stiffen…it’s everywhere.” That was in April 2012, my son had just died from sepsis. Rory scraped his arm while playing basketball on Wednesday and even though we brought him to his pediatrician and a leading New York City medical facility, he was dead on Sunday evening, April 1st, at 6.30pm.