Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round and move easily through blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone with sickle cell, the red blood cells become hard, sticky, and C-shaped, like a farm tool called a “sickle.” When these sickled cells travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious problems such as infection and stroke. Visit our website to learn how you can help someone with sickle cell.
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