Boy Gets Scratch While Playing - Days Later He's Dead

Kids tend to get a scratch here and there in the course of their daily activities. While it's typically nothing to worry about, it can quickly become extremely dangerous if not closely monitored.

Middle school student, Rory Staunton, has tragically passed away from sepsis shock after he cut his arm diving for a ball in gym class. Afterwards, the 12-year-old student appeared to be in good health, but after a few days, Rory grew increasingly dehydrated and began suffering from an upset stomach. Unfortunately, the cut was never cleaned properly, allowing sepsis to develop and Rory eventually succumbed to his infection.

Sepsis, or septic shock, occurs when a prior infection in your body causes a ‘chain reaction’ in the immune system; when your body attempts to fight off the infection, inflammatory responses can damage tissue and organs throughout the body. Anyone can develop sepsis, however, younger children and the elderly are especially susceptible.

Few people realize that sepsis affects more than 1 million Americans each year, with it killing 258,000 individuals. Individuals who recover from sepsis are often left with life-long disabilities. “It’s just astounding,” Rory’s mother, Orlaith, began. “When Rory died, I thought, ‘This has to be something really rare’. Our son was 160 lbs. He was nearly 6 ft. tall. I did not think there was anything that could kill him within four days that I wouldn’t know about.”

Difficult to diagnose, sepsis symptoms such as shortness of breath, high heart rate, fever, extreme pain and sweaty skin are often mistaken for other, easily treatable infections. While it was too late for their son, Mr. and Mrs. Staunton have founded the ‘Rory Staunton Foundation’ in an attempt to raise public awareness of the disease and improve identification techniques.

“We’re not looking for a cure for it,” Ms. Staunton explained. “The cure is antibiotics and fluid. But the cure is also identification.” According to Ms. Staunton, anyone who has an infection and doesn’t improve following treatment should immediately visit their doctor to ensure that the sepsis isn’t getting worse.

According to the Sepsis Alliance, gyms are a breeding ground for viruses, leaving anyone with cuts or grazes susceptible to developing sepsis. In order to prevent infections, Sepsis Alliances recommends that following precautions are taken:

Wear disposable gloves or wash your hands if you are touching an open wound.

If you believe you have sepsis, immediately call your doctor or visit your nearest emergency room.

If the wound does not require stitches, flushing it with clean water will help remove any dirt or other particles in the wound.

An antibiotic cream should be used and the wound should be covered in order to protect the wound from outside dirt and debris.

If a wound becomes inflamed, red and leaks discharge, immediately seek the attention of a professional.

The ‘Rory Staunton Foundation’ has continued to raise funds and awareness for sepsis sufferers, compiling stories of other victims of the disease in order to encourage those to stay strong. From 43-year-old Rashid Mohiuddin to 9-month-old Clover Harrold, sepsis is a horrific, brutal disease that does not discriminate.

Visit the ‘Rory Staunton Foundation’ to find out more information.

Source: Men's Health
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