A French teenager’s miraculous recovery may soon change How Sickle cell disease is treated. I was beginning to think that sickle cell would never be conquered during my lifetime, but there is new hope on the horizon.
In brief, Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. SCD causes people to have abnormal hemoglobin. Hemoglobin S or sickle hemoglobin, AKA Sickle Cell Disease affects their red blood cells.
Above all, Sickle Cell disease is an inherited blood disorder, found mostly in people of African, Hispanic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent. The disease must be passed down by both parents to emerge in a child.
The syndrome causes healthy, oval-shaped red blood cells to lose oxygen and collapse into sickle shapes. These mutated cells don’t flow smoothly in veins and can get stuck causing excruciating pain, anemia, severe fatigue, respiratory distress and eventually organ failure and early death.
A Cure For Sickle Cell?
“The teenager who received the treatment had so much internal damage he needed to have his spleen removed and his hips replaced. Every month he had to go into hospital to have a blood transfusion to dilute his defective blood.”
A French teenager’s sickle cell disease has been reversed using a pioneering treatment to change his DNA.
Wow! Sickle Cell Disease Treatment may soon get an update. To find out more check out the story above.
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