Sickle Cell Anemia: Lawrence Paul
Sickle cell anemia is a hereditary disease that is passed to a child when he or she receives a sickle cell gene from each parent. It causes the child’s red blood cells to not be shaped normally as a round disc, but instead like a farmer’s sickle. These crescent-shaped cells stick together easily and can clog blood vessels, leading to severe pain which can last hours or days. Children with this condition can suffer from severe anemia and are at risk of life-threatening infections. Babies born with this condition usually start to show signs around 5-6 months of age.