Those with sickle cell suffer from episodes of sudden and severe pain, known as pain crisis. It’s usually excruciating pain in both adults and children.
But if that’s not enough, those with sickle cell also have to deal with issues surrounding this coronavirus sweeping through the nation.
With nearly 6.61 million positive cases in the US, COVID-19 has been disproportionately affecting the African-American community and exposing health disparities we’ve known for years.
In states all over the nation, reports of African Americans dying more than any other racial group of COVID-19.
But one 7-year-old boy who has sickle cell and was stricken with COVID-19 has recovered.
It’s after several blood transfusions, Nasir Striggs, is on the road to a full recovery.
According to WFAB Channel 9, in April, Striggs went to Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital after his mother, Deshannon Striggs, noticed he was having trouble breathing.
He tested positive for COVID-19, and an X-ray revealed he had pneumonia in both of his lungs.
Nasir’s mother says the entire medical team took really good care of Nasir despite him having sickle cell. The 7-year-old needed three blood transfusions.
“He had to keep getting stuck by the needle because the needle kept coming out,” Striggs said. “To watch him go through that, it was really scary.”
In sickle cell disease patients, a blood transfusion is used to provide normal red blood cells to the patient’s body.
Red blood cell transfusions help lessen anemia and reduce the blood’s viscosity, allowing it to flow more freely and ease disease symptoms and prevent complications.
Several days into his treatment, Nasir began