Founder & Co-Chair
Orlaith Staunton established the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention following the death of her 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012. Orlaith successfully campaigned for the adoption of mandatory sepsis protocols in all New York hospitals. Known as Rory’s Regulations, they are projected to save up to 8,000 lives annually and are now being adopted across the country. She is also responsible for the development of comprehensive sepsis education programs in schools and for the annual National Forum on Sepsis, which brings together policymakers, healthcare experts, educators and patient advocates to chart new pathways in the fight against sepsis. In addition, Orlaith has educated hundreds of thousands of Americans about sepsis through her testimony at the first Senate Hearing on Sepsis and by sharing her experience with sepsis in numerous media programs and publications, including the New York Times, the Today Show, and CBS Nightly News.
A native of Drogheda, County Louth, Orlaith and her husband, Ciaran Staunton, reside in New York with their daughter, Kathleen.
I am Katie’s mom and I will always have the honor of being Katie’s mom, even though she is not physically here. Katie was 26 years old and only married three months when she died senselessly and tragically from undiagnosed sepsis.
In my search for answers I found the Rory Staunton Foundation and learned of their heartbreaking story. Rory’s mom, Orlaith, and I connected immediately and knew we had the moral obligation to never let another family feel this enormous pain and grief. This was the catalyst for the National Family Council on Sepsis.
The Council’s goal is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis and to implement sepsis protocols in each state to decrease sepsis morality rates. A protocol is simply a process to follow, written by experts, based upon clinical medical evidence. Studies show that with a sepsis protocol in place, the patient has a higher chance of a correct diagnosis and treatment.
I lost my beautiful daughter Emily Aiello to sepsis in May of 2015. This heartbreaking loss was the most difficult challenge I have had to face in my life. It is even more difficult to accept as Emily passed away because she was not diagnosed with sepsis until after she coded and a code blue was called in the hospital.
The National Family Council on Sepsis seeks to implement regulatory sepsis protocols in each state so that others do not suffer the same unnecessary outcome as Emily. While some hospitals have excellent protocols and procedures, others do not. Sepsis cannot be treated if it is not properly diagnosed; it seems only fair and just that we demand that all hospitals have a protocol in place.
All members of the Council share one sole purpose–to prevent this from happening to another family. This is why I am passionate about the work we do for the National Family Council on Sepsis.
My name is Becky Taylor and I am an educator and mother of one. I became involved with the Rory Staunton Foundation after my Aunt Emily passed away in May 2015. I have since cofounded S.O.S Stepping Out Sepsis 5k road race/1 mile stroll, became a member of the National Family Council on Sepsis, and met with the Health Commissioner of Massachusetts and Governor Baker’s staff to start discussions about passing mandatory sepsis protocols here in Massachusetts. I also co-authored a presentation on sepsis that will be shared with an entire school district in September of 2017.
The Rory Staunton Foundation has shown me that we need to think sepsis first and I am on a journey with them to make medical professionals think sepsis first.