Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment
Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders typically inherited from a person's parents. The most common type is known as sickle-cell anaemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin found in red blood cells. This leads to a rigid, sickle-like shape under certain circumstances. Problems in sickle cell disease typically begin around 5 to 6 months of age. A number of health problems may develop, such as attacks of pain ("sickle-cell crisis"), anemia, swelling in the hands and feet, bacterial infections, and stroke. When treated with adult stem cells, patients have reported revitalized hemoglobin levels and a longer lifespan. Watch these success stories.
Growing up with Sickle Cell disease, Desiree Ramirez learned all about how to deal with pain. She was in and out of the hospital for transfusions and emergency room visits. “Certain parts of my body would hurt. If the crisis was bad, my whole body would hurt. Mainly in my back, my legs, and my arms. I told my mom it felt like somebody was beating me with a hammer.”
Desiree was diagnosed with Sickle Cell before she was five. She endured the pain and the interruptions to normal life, and finished high school. She moved away to college but her need for emergency medical care made it impossible. Desiree came to accept that her life would have to be lived with limits, and that it likely would be cut short. Read More >>>
Life is full of surprises. Just ask Darlene and Joseph Davis who seem to have had a lifetime of surprises—good and bad, then good again—already.
As a healthcare professional, Joe Davis knew quite well the risks that his children might be born with sickle cell anemia, a blood disease affecting one of every 500 African-Americans that is passed on to offspring through genetic traits. But sickle cell anemia is a fact of life and his wife Darlene desperately wanted a baby. When Joe Jr. was born, they were both thrilled, particularly since Darlene had been diagnosed as infertile and needed special reproductive treatments to get pregnant. Read More >>>