Our Sepsis Stories

Over the last couple of months, the National Family Council on Sepsis has been compiling sepsis stories from around the country. We thank all the family members who have shared their stories with us, and who have allowed us to share them with you too.  These stories illustrates all too clearly that sepsis does not discriminate – regardless of age, gender, health or location, you can be effected by sepsis – and these stories make us more determine than ever to achieve our 2020 Vision: to have Rory’s Regulations enacted across all 50 States by 2020.

Please check back regularly, as we will be posting more stories here as we receive them. If you have a sepsis story that you would like to share on this page, please submit it by clicking here.

  • Clover Harrold, Sepsis, Charleston, South Carolina, Sepsis Kills, Sepsis Protocols, Sepsis Awareness

    Clover Harrold

    South Carolina

    Died from sepsis: April 1, 2017
    Age: 9 months, 4 days shy of 10 months

    By Clover’s Mom, Allison Harrold.

    Let me start by saying Clover was a happy,…

  • David Richie, Sepsis, North Carolina, Sepsis Kills, Sepsis Protocols

    David Richie

    North Carolina

    Died from sepsis: July 30, 2016
    Age: 15 years old

    By David’s Mom, Stephanie Hobson.

    My son David had some cognitive issues that made life difficult for him.
    On Sunday,…

  • Karen Thieken, National Family Council, Sepsis, Sepsis Awareness, Atlanta, Georgia, Sepsis Survivor

    Karen Thieken

    Atlanta, GA

    Survived sepsis, April 2012
    Age: 42 years old

    By Karen Thieken.

    Did you know that every year, severe sepsis strikes more than a million Americans? Sepsis, a form of…

  • George Shearer, Florida, Debbie Shearer, Sepsis,

    George Shearer

    Jacksonville, FL

    Died from sepsis: Feb 9, 2006
    Age: 22 years

    By George’s Mom, Debbie Shearer.

    I stood over a hospital bed in the intensive care unit and watched over a body…

  • Emily Sigerson, Sepsis Survivor, Sepsis, Nyack New York, #Sepsis Safe, Think Sepsis

    Emily Sigerson

    Nyack, NY

    Survived sepsis, July 2016
    Age: 34 years old

    By Emily Sigerson.

    On July 22, 2016 I nearly lost my life to septic shock due to gross negligence on the…

  • Blaise Gardner, Syracuse, New York, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Blaise Gardner

    New York

    Died from sepsis: July 4, 2016
    Age: 16 years

    By Blaise’s Mom, Melissa Kumiega.

    It was the week of my vacation and I decided to take my kids to…

  • Gabby Galbo, Liz Galbo, Illinois, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Gabby Galbo

    Illinois

    Died from sepsis: May 11, 2012
    Age: 5 years old

    By Gabby’s Mom, Liz Galbo.

    May 1, 2012, was the start of a week which would forever change our lives….

  • Jeffrey Davis, Lisa Davis, Missouri, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Jeffrey Davis

    St. Louis, MO

    Died from sepsis: Oct. 20, 2012
    Age: 40 years old

    By Lisa Davis, Jeffrey’s Wife.

    On March 25th, 2008 Jeffrey Davis and Lisa met and one month later…

  • Rashid Mohiuddin, Sepsis Survivor, Cary Mohiuddin, Nebraska, sepsis survivor, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Rashid Mohiuddin

    Omaha, NE

    Survived sepsis
    Age: 43

    By Cary Mohiuddin, Rashid’s Wife.

    On January 28th, 2012, my husband of two years and I and our 4-month-old son moved into our new home….

  • Emily Edwards, Massachusetts, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Emily Edwards

    Massachusetts

    Died from sepsis: May 8, 2015
    Age: 67

    By Emily’s Family.

    Emily Edwards was a vibrant, healthy 67 year old mother, nana, sister, aunt and wife who enjoyed life. Everyone…

  • Ayzlee McCarthy, Des Moines, Iowa, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Ayzlee McCarthy

    Iowa

    Died from sepsis: December 29, 2014
    Age: 3 years

    Told by Amber McCarthy, Ayzlee’s Mom.

    “Mommy, I so tired,” Ayzlee McCarthy, three years old told her mom, Amber McCarthy, “I…

  • Katie McQuestion, Ann Ceschin, Wisconsin, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Katie McQuestion

    Wisconsin

    Died from sepsis: January 2, 2015
    Age: 26

    By Ann Ceschin, Katie’s Mom.

    Katie lit up a room when she entered it; she had the most infectious laugh. She had a huge heart…

  • Emily Jean Aiello, Chris Aiello, Pennsylvania, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Emily Jean Aiello

    Pennsylvania

    Died from sepsis: May 18th, 2015
    Age: 14

    By Chris Aiello, Emily’s Dad.

    Our daughter, Emily Jean Aiello, died from sepsis on May 18, 2015. She was 14 years old….

  • Conall Harvey, John Harvey, Pennsylvania, sepsis survivor, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Conall Harvey

    Pennsylvania

    Survived sepsis
    Age: 4

    By John Harvey, Conall’s Dad.

    On Saturday night, March 14, 2015, our four year old son, Conall, woke up very upset with a fever. About an…

  • Erin Flatley, Carl Flatley, Florida, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Erin Flatley

    Florida

    Died from sepsis, April 30, 2002
    Age: 23

    By Carl Flatley, Erin’s Dad.

    It’s been a decade now since my daughter died. She was a beautiful 22-year-old woman who was…

  • Wesley Shubert, Vanessa Edgington, Iowa, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Wes Shubert

    Iowa

    Died from sepsis: June 28, 2012
    Age: 75

    By Vanessa Edginton, Wes’s Daughter.

    Dad was a hard working individual but he always made time for his 3 little girls. He…

  • Theresa Brink, Queens, New York, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Theresa Brink

    Queens, NY

    Survived sepsis
    Age: 45 years old

    By Theresa Brink.

    As a 45 year old woman, I’ve been playing and supporting soccer for nearly 40 years. I’ve been lucky enough to attend…

  • Cheryl Douglass, Maryland, sepsis survivor, Sepsis, National Family Council on Sepsis; Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention

    Cheryl Douglass

    Maryland

    Survived sepsis
    Age: 61 years old

    By Cheryl Douglass.

    One afternoon while shopping in 2008 I began to feel as though I was coming down with something, maybe the flu….