Dear Rory - a mother remembers her son
Rory Staunton's death on April 1st 2012, aged 12, sparked a national campaign to end sepsis and get better care for kids in emergency rooms
Editors Note: Rory Staunton aged 12 died from sepsis on April 1st 2012. His death has led to a major national campaign to end sepsis and to help children get better care in emergency rooms. Orlaith Staunton wrote this letter to her son on the 1st anniversary of his death. It is also on rorystaunton.com
Rory, we miss your smile, your funny comeback lines, your noise, and the fun...yes, the glorious fun of spending time with you. The silence is now deafening. It breaks my heart to see your wonderful dad, your pal, sob from loneliness, he didn’t deserve this tragedy. Your little sister bravely faces each day. She’s happy though Rory, she’s in a wonderful new school, the one she secretly talked to you about; OLQM, they won the Basketball Championship this year; we missed you so much that day. She swims, she now “owns” your iPad, and she’s looking forward to a summer of surfing. Your loss though is a huge void in her life; you shared so much banter together.
I miss you my little man (all 5ft 9inchesof you). You were my fellow book reader, the book we bought you about Steve Jobs, that you so desperately wanted to read, lies unread, maybe you met him? You and I had just been talking a year ago about A Separate Peace by John Knowles, we both disliked the book but it did get us thinking and talking about friendships. We were best friends, you and I, we kept secrets.
Capt. Sully Sullenberger said he thought your death would bring about a seismic change. It has.
New York State has issued new regulations in your name “Rory’s Regulations,” so that what happened to you won’t happen to any other child. Friends and politicians have been very helpful in moving this forward; there is a lot of good in this world, we see it everyday.
There are some other special things going to happen in the future that we’re excited about but we can’t talk about them just yet. Just know, we will make you proud.
A lot of bad things happened to you Rory in those last precious days of your life. People did not listen to you or to us. Many people and institutions did not do their best by you. This is why you died. Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.” We will work tirelessly for justice Rory and each person, and they know who they are, must now be attending their own courts of conscience.
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