8-year-old hopes to be cured of sickle cell anemia Girl battles sickle cell

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — Eight-year old Terrilonnae Chatman has sickle cell aanemia. It’s the most common genetic blood disorder in the country affecting over 100,000 Americans.

It causes the red blood cells to be abnormally shaped, like a sickle, and it makes the blood clot easily, causing intense pain and anemia.

Chatman’s condition is very severe and she is now getting ready to undergo a bone marrow transplant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Doctors there will kill her bone marrow with chemotherapy and then replace it with healthy, donated bone marrow.

The entire process is expected to keep her in Columbus for two months. If it works, Terrilonnae will be cured of sickle cell.

 

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