Sepsis – Rory Staunton – Garden School – A Wound…
So, think about this…
Your child is at school and falls and cuts his elbow, he comes home and tells you that the gym teacher put band aids on the wound and didn’t send him to the nurse who is in her office. In the early hours of the following morning, he begins to run a temperature and when you take him to your trusted medical professionals they concur that he has a stomach virus. Four days later your child lies dead from Sepsis. Sepsis, something you had never heard of before.
That is part of the story of the death of Rory Staunton.
This is where it all began.
Rory died from Sepsis. Sepsis is defined as the presence in tissues of harmful bacteria and their toxins, typically through infection of a wound. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body. This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.
Rory died from Sepsis. An infection entered his body through a cut. He sustained a cut to his elbow at Garden School, Jackson Heights (the school he attended here in New York) the week he died. That cut was the only wound found on his body.
Right after Rory died we asked the Garden School Administrators a simple question: Could you tell us what happened to Rory?
We wanted them to tell us how he fell and how the wound was treated. We absolutely know that no one set out to hurt Rory. As Rory’s family we feel an insatiable desire to know everything about our child’s last few days on this earth.
The Garden School Administration via e-mail says no one knows anything and no one saw anything. Sorry, they said, we will keep checking but we know nothing.
Last week we started a process we had hoped we would never have to; we are now sitting in a room with attorneys forcing them (the school) to tell the story of Rory’s last days at school. Three years later, who would have thought it would come to this in order to have an honest conversation with them.
As someone wrote on Facebook this week “If you can’t question then how can you advise and prevent. You don’t want to blame, just help others avoid your catastrophe.”
That’s it, in a nutshell. How can we prevent this happening again? We believe we can do so through education. We can educate about the importance of cleaning wounds and we can educate people about Sepsis, what the signs are and how it should be treated. We can further speak to the importance of washing your hands; it is the single most important thing to do to prevent infection.
We believe we all have a lot to learn from this part of Rory’s story, that is, if we are ever told about this part of the story. The part of the story where it all began, a child falls and cuts his elbow…what happened next?