In the United States, an estimated 100,000 people have sickle cell disease, and the majority of those people are of African descent. The disease causes red blood cells to harden, which can then get caught in blood vessels and cause serious complications and severe pain.
Learn why blood transfusions from donors who are Black may provide best outcomes Seventeen-year-old Demarus Torrence loves comics and sci-fi movies, and like his favorite superheroes, he’s awfully brave himself. Demarus lives with sickle cell disease, the most common inherited blood disorder, which affects about 100,000 people in the U.S. What is sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease makes red blood cells hard and sickle-shaped … Continue reading For patients with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are essential