As we have recently become voluntary media correspondents for the Sickle Cell Cause support group, based at St Ann’s hospital in Tottenham, north London, our focus this month has been about Sickle Cell. Sickle Cell disease is a genetic blood disorder which pre-dominantly affects the black community. See our What is Sickle Cell Blood Disorder for more information.
10 year old Matthew Akinmuleya, from London, had his first experience of pain aged 6 months. The little warrior has undergone blood transfusions since birth, which he has needed every month. This means he is likely to have received over 100 transfusions. There are many children and adults like him who are going through the same thing. We as the black community, must do what we can to lend our blood.
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