Friday 23 March 2018

Rory’s Staunton’s father on tragedy that turned family’s life upside down

Ciaran Staunton and his son Rory Staunton who tragically died in America
Ciaran Staunton and his son Rory Staunton who tragically died in America
Orlaith, left, and Ciaran Staunton with their children, Rory and Kathleen
Rory Staunton
Former Presidential candidate Niall O'Dowd

THE heartbroken father of Rory Staunton – the 12 year old boy who died from blood poisoning after a simple playground fall in New York – spoke on RTE radio today about the tragedy that turned his family’s life upside down.

He was speaking to Sean O’Rourke on the News At One after a 2000 word article in the New York Times which questioned the role of a local medical centre in the tragedy.

Diving for a basketball at his school gym, Rory had cut his arm, in March of this year.

He arrived at his pediatrician’s office the next day, Thursday, March 29, vomiting, feverish and with pain in his leg. He was sent to the emergency room at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Doctors said he was suffering from an upset stomach and dehydration. He was given fluids, told to take Tylenol, and sent home.

According to the New York Times: ‘Rory’s condition was, in fact, already dire. Bacteria had gotten into his blood, probably through the cut on his arm. He was sliding into a septic crisis, an avalanche of immune responses to infection from which he would not escape.

On April 1, three nights after he was sent home from the emergency room, he died in the intensive care unit. The cause was severe septic shock brought on by the infection, hospital records say’.

NYU Langone has declined to discuss any aspects of Rory’s care or hospital procedures.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family at this difficult time,” said Lisa Greiner, a hospital spokeswoman told the New York Times.

Rory Staunton, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 169 pounds, was big for his age and a student of the world.

“The most profound 12-year-old I had ever met,” his debate coach, Kevin Burgoyne, said.

Rory is the nephew of Niall O’Dowd, the New York-based Irish publisher and friend of the Kennedys and Clintons, and of Fergus O’Dowd, a Fine Gael junior minister.

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