A sports field in the Queens, N.Y. neighborhood of Jackson Heights will be dedicated to the memory Rory Staunton, the seventh grader who died in April, 2012, after a cut on his arm led to an undiagnosed case of sepsis.
The Rory Staunton Field is an open space located on 78th St. between Northern Blvd. 34th Ave. The field, which was owned by the Garden School and is adjacent to Travers Park, was used by students on weekdays during the school year, and by the public on weekends and during the summer.
Staunton, a student at the private Garden School, suffered a cut on his elbow during a basketball game in the school’s gym. His symptoms were misdiagnosed by his pediatrician and the NYU Langone Medical Center, which led to the 12-year-old’s death from sepsis just four days after his initial injury.
After pressure from neighborhood residents, the school agreed to sell the field to the city rather than to developers. The sale allowed the city to expand Travers Park, which was a cause close to Rory Staunton’s heart.
“It was Rory’s wish that Jackson Heights would have the benefit of a public park,” the boy’s father, Ciaran Staunton, told the New York Daily News. “His name will [now] always be associated with the open play area.
The dedication ceremony for the Rory Staunton Field will take place on Monday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m., at 78th St. between Northern Blvd. and 34th Ave., Jackson Heights.