After receiving a special accolade on October 2, a 4-year-old kid, Make-A-Wish, and the Chicago Police Department all made Chicago proud.
For young Kahlil, the day was very eventful. It was followed by a formal ceremony to officially welcome him to the police force.
He had previously taken rides on the police boat and the police chopper. Kahlil suffers from sickle cell anemia, a serious blood condition.
His ambition to become a police officer was thus fulfilled on Sunday via Make-A-Wish and CPD.
Additionally, Khalil got to use a police robot and a battering ram. He needs regular blood transfusions and must take medication every day. His parents described him as a powerful boy who consistently astounds his physicians.
In the meantime, Chicago’s blood supply is in what medical professionals describe as “a vulnerable position,” and the situation is much more critical for sickle cell anemia patients.
The Chicago area’s existing blood supply would last two to three days. Usually, there would be enough for a week in the Chicago region.
Red blood cells affected by sickle cell disease tend to be malformed or degrade at a disproportionately rapid pace. The condition can be fatal if left untreated because blood flow obstructions deprive the body of essential nutrients, including oxygen.
The blood type necessary for treating sickle cell disease is not only present in over half of all Black Americans, but it also disproportionately affects many inner-city populations.
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