Rory Saves Another Life


By Niall O’Dowd, Publisher

Rory Staunton

My nephew Rory Staunton would have been 21-years-old this week, a strapping handsome young man no doubt well into a promising college career.

Instead he lies in an Irish graveyard victim of a bungled medical emergency so bad it made the front page of The New York Times.

The doctors failed to recognize the tell tale signs for sepsis a deadly disease, easily cured by antibiotics if caught in time.

His parents, Kieran and Orlaith Staunton, my sister, have dedicated their lives to ensuring no child will die unnecessarily of sepsis again through their very successful foundation.

Over the years they have received many heartfelt letters from parents whose children were saved after they demanded their child be examined for sepsis.

The latest life Rory saved was just this week.

Jack McMorrow, a 14-year-old boy from Queens, New York, says the pain he experienced during his recent hospitalization was “indescribable.” His family told NBC News it was his father’s knowledge of the Rory Staunton Foundation that led him to push doctors to focus on the inflammatory nature of his son’s condition, which he believed his son would not survive.

They had thought he was dying of coronavirus but found his true diagnosis just in time.

Somewhere Rory was smiling, His  name has become synonymous with saving lives–a wonderful development for a boy who was known to be deeply caring about others when alive.

Way to go Rory!

On July 2, 2015, Ciaran Staunton congratulated the then Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and The Irish National Health Service for introducing the first national standard in the world for sepsis care.

Learn about Rory Staunton’s Law enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017.

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