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- Briefly about Sickle Cell: A struggle that gave me my inspiration -
Data and statistics from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that about 1 out of every 365 Black or African-American child is born with Sickle Cell Disease (SDC). About 1 out of every 16,300 Hispanic-American child also carries the disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Sickle cell anemia is caused by a mutation in the gene that tells your body to make hemoglobin — the red, iron-rich compound that gives blood its red color. Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. In sickle cell anemia, the abnormal hemoglobin causes red blood cells to become rigid, sticky and misshapen”.
Sickle cell Anemia could lead to episodes of pain, Hand-foot syndrome, frequent infections, delayed growth, vision problems and stroke among others. It could also lead to an untimely death.