Please take the time to save a life

Childhood is meant to be carefree – a time for fun and adventures. But some children can face a lifetime of needing pain control treatments and regular blood transfusions to help manage the condition, sickle cell anaemia.

At the age of two years old, identical twins Imami and Ashante were diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia.

Sickle cell anaemia is a serious disease in which the body makes abnormal shaped red blood cells. Unlike normal red cells, which are flexible, the sickle cells form clumps and block the blood flow through the body’s narrow blood vessels.

If a sickle cell crisis occurs, the symptoms the girls experience is chronic pain in their bones and a shortness of breath. This is a frightening time for the girls and in particular for their Mum Latifa.

“There is no way of preventing sickle cell anemia because it’s an inherited disease. But with the support of the Cardiff Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Centre, medication and blood transfusions we can control the disease, allowing the girls to lead a relatively healthy life.”

“Please take the time to save a life; it really does make a huge difference to the people who receive it and to their families too.”