Sickle Cell Children

Sickle Cell Anemia occurs when there is a defect in the structure of the red blood cell which decreases a person’s ability to carry oxygen to their tissues. As a result, patients with sickle cell experience a crisis almost every 3 months, which may involve pain anywhere in the body and difficulty breathing. Here in the DR, patients usually get a blood transfusion which is an expensive and time consuming process for the family, and certainly not pleasant for the patient.

We provide a medicine for these patients which acts to increase the amount of fetal hemoglobin in their body and helps them to carry oxygen more efficiently, decreasing the frequency and severity of crises, decreasing the amount of blood transfusions, and increasing the quality of life for the patient and the entire family. The cost to provide medication for each patient is $23 monthly or $276 a year.

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