In April 2012, Rory Staunton died in a New York hospital four days after scraping his arm playing basketball at school. His Dad Ciarán, a native of West Mayo and his mother Orlaith, have taken on the American health care system in an effort to ensure such tragedy is not repeated.
The cause of Rory’s death was sepsis, a condition of which his parents had never heard. Despite displaying the symptoms, Rory’s condition went undetected when he was first admitted to New York University Hospital’s ER, and he was sent home. By the time he was readmitted and doctors diagnosed sepsis, it was too late to save him.
Now Rory’s parents, Ciarán and Orlaith, are campaigning to raise awareness of sepsis and have succeeded in changing the law regarding how the condition is managed in hospitals. Unable to bring back their own son, their wish is that “no other parent has to go through this”.
“Dlí Rory Dóchas ó Neamh” is a story of coping with personal tragedy and channeling a private grief for public good.
Sepsis kills more Americans every year than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and Aids combined. It is one of the leading causes of death in hospital intensive care units worldwide.
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