Stem Cell Transplants For Sickle Cell Patients

A possible cure for a debilitating disease. It strikes one in 500 African Americans. Many live day-to-day on heavy painkillers. Now a new take on an old treatment may put an end to their suffering. Dr. Damiano Rondelli, University of Illinois Hospital Hematologist: “It’s a social issue. It’s not just a medical issue. The cost, the family involvement … it’s a really big deal.” It is sickle cell anemia, an inherited defect of the red blood cells.

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