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In South Carolina, one in 325 African American babies has sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is characterized by anemia, severe pain, potentially life-threatening complications such as bacterial septicemia, splenic sequestration, acute chest syndrome, stroke and chronic organ damage.
The Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital pediatric hematology/oncology team treats approximately 500 children with sickle cell disease. Some children require chronic blood transfusions at Children’s Hospital, which reduces the number of sickle cells in the blood and helps prevent strokes.
Children’s Hospital provides outreach clinics for sickle cell patients in Orangeburg, Florence and other outlying communities to make access to care more convenient for children and their families. The psychosocial team at Children’s Hospital helps educate teachers and school nurses about the health challenges faced by students with sickle cell disease.