Sickle Cell Anemia

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Dragon Unicorn
BIOGRAPHY:

Special Needs: Sickle Cell Anemia

Best Friend: Lil’ Bud and Andrew

Birthday: Ageless

Hobbies: Meeting New People

Favorite Movie: The BFG

ABOUT THE SPECIAL NEED:


NAME OF CONDITION:

Sickle cell disease is a disorder that affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with this disorder have atypical hemoglobin molecules called hemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle, or crescent, shape.  Sickle cell is a genetic disorder that causes the replacement of an amino acid in the chain that makes hemoglobin.  


THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN/PEOPLE AFFECTED: SCD affects approximately 100,000 Americans. SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 365 Black or African-American births. SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 16,300 Hispanic-American births. About 1 in 13 Black or African-American babies is born with sickle cell trait (SCT).