Sickle Cell Society releases video of patient's life saving treatment
- Credit: Sickle Cell Society
A Harlesden charity has released a new video of a sickle cell patient and her life-saving treatment reliant on blood donations.
Bola was first diagnosed with sickle cell at 10 months old and her parents were told she wouldn’t live to see her 11th birthday.
Growing up she experienced many of the symptoms associated with sickle cell, including moments of excruciating pain, with hospitals becoming her second home
The Sickle Cell Society has collaborated with Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies to highlight Exchange Blood Transfusions, a life-saving treatment for sickle cell and the need for ethnically matched blood.
A spokesperson said: "There is an urgent need for more black and mixed race blood donors so that people with sickle cell disorder can be treated with the ethnically matched blood they need."
You may also want to watch:
Currently only 1.5 per cent of people who donate blood are of black heritage.
However, exchange blood transfusions rely on ethnically matched blood and a match is most likely to come from a donor of the same ethnicity.
- 1 Men jailed after Leon Maxwell gunned down in Queensbury
- 2 Free vaccine walk-in at Central Middlesex Hospital
- 3 The Wembley flats with camper vans on the roof and furniture wearing boots
- 4 Met officer found guilty of assault after grabbing victim when off duty
- 5 Teenager convicted of murdering Jamalie Deacon Matthew in Northwick Park
- 6 Kensal Rise group 'biggest team' taking on Blenheim Palace Triathlon 2021
- 7 Fire-ravaged Neasden church hall set to be rebuilt
- 8 Appeal for information after man shot in Stonebridge
- 9 Sisters killed in Kingsbury stabbed with 'extreme force'
- 10 Mass vaccination event taking place at Bridge Park Community Centre
Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder where pain occurs when the cells change shape after oxygen has been released.
The red blood cells then stick together, causing blockages in the small blood vessels and excruciating pain.
Complications include stroke, acute chest syndrome, blindness, bone damage and priapism (a persistent, painful erection of the penis).
The condition can damage organs such as the liver, kidney, lungs, heart and spleen.
Bola took part in the video to “help create a first-hand experience of the life of someone with sickle cell disorder, to raise awareness of the impact of the condition on the friends of family of people with SCD and to raise awareness of the treatment and support that is now available.”
Three years ago the mum of two was in intensive care and close to dying.
No treatment worked until her hospital tried an exchange blood transfusion that enables doctors to exchange a patient's red blood cells with donor red blood cells that do not contain the sickle haemoglobin.
Bola has seen a massive improvement to her quality of life following treatment.
She now receives her blood transfusions via a process where the transfusion process is carried out by a machine, rather than manually which makes treatment quicker and easier, reducing time spent in hospital.
To view the video visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlWmL43NurU