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
April 1st is not a day we will ever wish to remember. We love to remember the days you lived and oh..how you lived. Captain Sullenberger, your hero, said you lived a remarkable life.
Niall, your uncle, has written many times about you. Jim Dwyer of the New York Times investigated your death and has written some wonderful articles about you and sepsis. Maureen Dowd from the New York Times wrote a splendid column. Many other writers and broadcasters have been moved to tell the world about you, an extraordinary 12 year old boy with extraordinary dreams.
Your teachers spoke of your kindness, leadership, humor and the sense they got from you that you were going to change the world in some great way. Your loving circle of friends feel they have not only lost a great friend but that they have lost a future president of the United States. Our families are devastated; you were so special to them. Our friends tear up when they talk about you, you were loved my darling, so loved.
Rory, we’re going to catch this Sepsis thing. People...come on...no one seemed to know about Sepsis until Rory died, but think about this:
Sepsis is the largest killer of children in the world. Sepsis affects 26 million people every year and one third die! It is increasing at an annual rate of 8-13%.
And here’s more. It’s more common than Heart Attacks and kills far more people than Aids. We know it strikes with devastating ferocity and listen up...it respects no age, race, gender or economic status. We know the cure, we just have to suspect sepsis and treat it immediately. Tell people about Sepsis, a simple cut or scape is all it takes for infection to set in. Tell people and save lives.
We made a decision not to have a big family get together on April 1st, the anniversary of the day you cruelly died. We will plant a tree in one of your favorite places and your little cousins Patrick and Fionn Rory (who was born after you left) will help. You would have liked that. We will walk to the top of the Hill of Tara, the meeting place of the High Kings of Ireland, and we will release balloons at Raith na Riogh (the Fort of the Kings) with special messages to you - I hope you see them.
More than anything know that you are so much loved still by everyone. Gilly Cullen created a beautiful portrait in your honor; friends and strangers have done the kindest of acts. Doctors, good doctors, have worked hard with us for change, people are giving of their time fiercely and freely in order to change the world, so there won’t be another tragic death like yours.
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