Sickle cell disease is a rare but very common blood disorder amongst the black community. It is a genetic condition that not only affects the body but is developed in one’s red blood cells from the time they were born. It happens when a child receives two sickle cell genes (one from each parent).
Any and all major organs are ultimately affected by sickle cell disease. The liver, heart, kidneys, gallbladder, eyes, bones, and joints can all suffer damage from the abnormal function of the sickle cells and their inability to flow through the small blood vessels correctly.
To date, it affects 1 million to 3 million Americans with 8 to 10 percent of them being Black.
So, what is being done about it?
Bone Marrow Transplant