The Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, ranked No. 9 in the nation by Parents magazine, is among the largest and most experienced, specializing in the treatment of children. In an environment of hope and comfort, the goal is to provide compassionate, comprehensive and cutting edge care to patients and their families.
Sara learned she had the genetic trait for sickle cell disease when her first child passed away from the illness. Because of the heart-breaking experience, Sara came to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Sickle Cell Center for genetic testing prior to giving birth to her son Demaray. When Demaray was born with the same disease that claimed his sister, the staff at Children's Hospital worked with Sara on early treatment and education.
Children's Hospital's sickle cell team is part of the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
Thanks to advancements in diagnosis and treatment, most kids born with this disorder grow up to live relatively healthy and productive lives. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder in which red blood cells are abnormally shaped. This abnormality can result in painful episodes, serious infections, chronic anemia and damage to body organs.
Today, Demaray doesn't mind coming to the hospital for his once-a-month blood transfusions because the staff keeps him entertained. Sara is happy the treatment Demaray receives keeps him doing the things he loves, like scouting, playing kickball and reading books.
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