Our son Rory has been the guiding light for our work over the last ten years. His courage, his compassion, and his desire to improve the world inspire us every day. Rory was a friend to the underdog and a champion of good causes. Above all, he would want us to do all we can to ensure his story is never repeated. And that is why we continually search for new ways to amplify our message, expand our reach, broaden our coalitions, and save lives.
Today, as Sepsis Awareness Month begins, it’s important to restate the following:
- Sepsis is a killer in our midst. Over 80% of sepsis cases originate within the community, outside a hospital setting.
- Sepsis does not discriminate, it has no boundaries. Young or old, rich or poor, we are all susceptible.
- If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, it is important to ask your doctor “Could it be sepsis?”
- Over 270,000 people die annually in the United States from sepsis and over 11 million die worldwide. Sepsis IS a public health emergency.
- Our loved ones are not replaceable. The lack of meaningful action on this issue by those in public office is unacceptable.
During Sepsis Awareness Month, we ask each of you to share this post and learn the signs of sepsis. Remember, sepsis is treatable when diagnosed early–knowing the signs can mean the difference between life and death.
The signs of sepsis are:
- Rapid breathing and fast heartbeat
- Pale or mottled skin
- Confusion or sleepiness
- Fever and chills
- Feeling the sickest you’ve ever felt
- Extreme pain
With best wishes,
Ciaran & Orlaith Staunton