1 in 1000 Hispanic Babies Are Born with Sickle Cell Anemia
Sickle Cell Anemia is one of the most common genetic disorders in the U.S. In fact 1 in 1000 Hispanic births are children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). This is an inherited form of anemia, where there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body.
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Red blood cells are supposed to be round and move around easily through your blood vessels. When you have SCD, your blood cells are shaped like crescent moons, getting stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body. Many children don’t show signs and symptoms of the disease until they’re at least 4 months.