Chicago Woman Becomes 1st Patient To Be Cured Of Sickle Cell Disease

If you or someone you know suffers from sickle cell disease, hope is on the way. Iesha Thomas, who suffered from the disease herself, is the first person to be cured. This is huge!!!
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Sickle cell affects 1 in every 500 African Americans in the U.S. But, the good news is, this disease might be on its way out. Fingers crossed.
Iesha Thomas, 33, was living with the disease that progressively got worse. It really wreaked havoc on her life after she gave birth to her daughter, resulting in her needing repeat blood transfusions and 2 hip replacements due to bone damage.
The disease can be extremely painful. What happens is a defect that causes the oxygen-carrying red blood cells to take on a sickle-like appearance. The blood cells deliver less oxygen to the body’s tissues, causing severe pain, stroke, and even organ damage.
But a great breakthrough has occurred! Thomas is the first patient in the midwest to be cured of the Sickle Cell Disease.
“I just want to be at home with my daughter every day and every night,” said Thomas.
Physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science System performed a procedure using medication to suppress her immune system and a small dose of total body radiation before doing the stem cell transplant. The procedure allows for the patient’s own bone marrow to coexist with that of the donor. The goal of the transplant is for the stem cells to gradually take over the bone marrow’s role in producing normal, and healthy red blood cells.
Congrats Iesha. How amazing! We’re rooting for you and all people suffering from sickle cell for complete health and healing. This procedure could really turn things around.

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  1. Hopefully, first of thousands.

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    1. My nephew has sickle cell and he is only 10 years old, I sent this to his mom, I hope can help him... thank you to the person that send this message ,

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    2. I have a son who is 34 and his son who is 10 that suffers tremendous from sickle cell and this will be a tremendous blessing have prayed that it can be done we're in Richmond Virginia . They​ affiliates with MCV Hospital.

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    3. Hi my daughter is 2 and she has sickle cell she was transfused 9 times already I wish that this happen for her here in Jamaica

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    4. Gail check out NIH right in DC. A dear friend on mine was cured there last year! Hide me on Facebook for more information Gertha Cleveland

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    5. I have seen a person get this transplant and they had to be induced into a coma 2- 3 times just to get through one of the the side effects. I have 3 children with sickle cell and I would not consider the transplant. We are using thyocinate supplement that makes them asymptotic. It makes a HUGE difference. And there are other natural options that can cure. I don't have the finances for. This transplant makes money and status so it will be promoted. If you want, PLEASE look up research on THYOCINATE -this is an anti-sickling agent found in foods like yam and strawberries. You can buy Dioscovite which is the supplement. I tell everyone I can about this so that they can avoid another pain crisis. I don't profit from this - just satisfaction that someone was helped. Jesus Heals most of all.

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    6. @ Make Money Momma, Thank you for sharing this info. I have two children that suffer from Sickle Cell. This is something I will look into.

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    7. Thanks to all of u for any information on Sickle Cell; im a sufferor who does weekly tranfusions to decrease attacks. I have had strokes chronic CHF COPD on oxygen 24/7. 42 yrs young can't travel no life without assistant devices. I would love to learn about THE CURE

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    8. Thanks for sharing my son has sickel cell SS he had it since birth he 11tofay Glory be to God he been through alot had about 4blood transfusion hospital stays but Glory be to God he doing fine he's on a new medication called Hydroxyurea its helping alot Glory be to God he also can have surgery if needed with out no one else blood Glory be to God he's so awesome what a mighty God we serve give it all to him trust and him always he is the healer thanks for sharing and praise God for your healing

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    9. @Make money mama, yes it is disappointing that they never discuss the risk involved when they post these stories. This procedure is not new. I am 33 years and when i was in Junior High a friend of mine that I went to Sickle Cell Camp with had the bone marrow transplant done..... about 20 years ago..... and you are right, for some the risk is not even worth it cause if it fails we risk dying. I personally would not get it.

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    10. @Make money mama, yes it is disappointing that they never discuss the risk involved when they post these stories. This procedure is not new. I am 33 years and when i was in Junior High a friend of mine that I went to Sickle Cell Camp with had the bone marrow transplant done..... about 20 years ago..... and you are right, for some the risk is not even worth it cause if it fails we risk dying. I personally would not get it.

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    11. My daughter passed away from the disease in 2008 after she had her son. He was only born with the trait and not the disease thank God. I really hope this helps out a lot of people with because all those that have it and the families that goes through it with it knows how painful it really is. My God be with you all.

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    12. My daughter passed away from the disease in 2008 after she had her son. He was only born with the trait and not the disease thank God. I really hope this helps out a lot of people with because all those that have it and the families that goes through it with it knows how painful it really is. My God be with you all.

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    13. I have sickle cell and three daughters and I now have a vascular nicorosis now my kidneys I wander what's next make money i love your info too I really need some information as what the best thing todo

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    15. My brother lost his battle with this disease in 2013 but I thank God for the years he blessed us to have with him. My mom wouldn't subject my brother to this procedure because of the side effects. God bless all who suffer from sickle cell disease. Keep your head heads up and have faith.

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    16. Yes Make Money Mama! Please all look into Dioscovite! My daughter has no symptoms, 19 months and has been on it for over a year.

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    17. I am 47 soon to be 48, my mom was told i wouldnt see 12 and lucky if I see 18yrs old. I have SCD SS. I did research at NIH in Bethesda MD. I am 47 and living happily, I would do the stem cell. NIH has been this procedure for awhile sorry to say she is not the first. I know of two patient who tried it one made it the other one didn't. The first 100 days are crucial your immune system will be so bad it's a chance you have to take. I've done Hydroxyurea unfortunately didn't work for me. now I get Exchange Transfusion every 2-3 months have been doing for awhile, it works for me.Ive been doing well no ER visits in awhile some crisis pain here and there, but doing well. I would try Hydroxyurea or Transfusion before Stem cell zTransplant.

      I know GOD has been with me throughout out my entire life with him I wouldn't made it this far and further in my life

      GOD BLESS

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    18. I am 47 soon to be 48, my mom was told i wouldnt see 12 and lucky if I see 18yrs old. I have SCD SS. I did research at NIH in Bethesda MD. I am 47 and living happily, I would do the stem cell. NIH has been this procedure for awhile sorry to say she is not the first. I know of two patient who tried it one made it the other one didn't. The first 100 days are crucial your immune system will be so bad it's a chance you have to take. I've done Hydroxyurea unfortunately didn't work for me. now I get Exchange Transfusion every 2-3 months have been doing for awhile, it works for me.Ive been doing well no ER visits in awhile some crisis pain here and there, but doing well. I would try Hydroxyurea or Transfusion before Stem cell zTransplant.

      I know GOD has been with me throughout out my entire life with him I wouldn't made it this far and further in my life

      GOD BLESS

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  2. I'm praying things are going to turn around for these patients. I've prayed for something like this for years. My God Bless them.

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    1. Thanks, my daughter is young and going thru this right now.

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    2. I lost my nephew to this disease in 2012 I looked for help with a cure for years, He passed away.Im still hurting.

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    3. Thank you 42 yrs young been battling all my life! 🙏 4 miracles! #SickleCellFreeLife

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    4. I lost my sister 34, to Sickle Cell this pass August. I feel your pain.

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    5. It's a horrible disease my sister has so many transfusion but thank God for a praying mom and a healthy diet

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    6. It's a horrible disease my sister has so many transfusion but thank God for a praying mom and a healthy diet

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  3. Hopefully it will catch on global.. Hopefulnews the millions of sufferes everywhere..

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  4. Praying for her and this procedure my son has sickle cell disease.

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    1. Praying for everyone with sickle cell my 2 year old granddaughter has it i hope this is real

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    2. Its real! Research it and get your grandbaby in. Will change the standard care of SC

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  5. This is amazing and I hope others can spread this GREAT news!!!

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  6. She is not the first. NIH has been doing this for over a decade. I was cured almost three years ago.

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    1. Wow! Through the same procedure?

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    2. Really. My daughter is going thru this. I wish I could trade place.

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    3. So true, Ashley! Whomever wrote this, certainly did not do their due diligence & research before writing this.

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    4. Awesome ""There's hope for my son & all Sickle Cell Patients ""

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    5. What's the cost to do this procedure?

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    6. The first procedure done at Emory University on a child was in 1995 as part of the NIH multicenter program. I am so happy for this person, but research is valuable!

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    7. My daughter suffers from sickle cell. I have been praying for years for a cure. I know she will be healed.

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  7. The article eventually said that she was the first "in the Midwest", cured. 👍

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    1. I live in Nebraska (obviously the Midwest) 'my brother was cured back in 2011/2012. She's not the first

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    2. Does it really matter who was the first person to be cured. Both of my twins have sickle cell and have been thru hell since the day they were born. Idc who was first second or third the most important thing is that maybe just maybe this is one step closer to a cure for all sc sufferers. Congrats to your brother on being healed

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    3. Were all of these cures mentioned above, by stem cells, or by bone marrow transplant? I live in Africa, with my young adopted daughter, who suffers from SCD. There are no options for cures here; so I also wonder about the costs, the risks, and whether it is something that is generally covered by health insurance?

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  8. This article is 5 years old. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120618194714.htm

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    1. The first Iv heard of it. .I knew of stem cells but a cure?..Wow!

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    2. The first Iv heard of it. .I knew of stem cells but a cure?..Wow!

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  9. Hope everything goes well loss my mom to sickle cell in 1995 she was only 42 I'm rooting for all sickle cell patients

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    1. Sicklecelltalkandsupportgroup

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    2. In 1974 the Film made by Sir Sidney Poitier A Warm December explains clearly what sickle cell anaemia is , and why it's important that African Americans have blood test to make sure that if they have the sickle cell TRAIT that they do not have children with another with the Trait..Because that is how the child will end up with fully blown SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA.

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    3. @ Esther Anderson: That sounds like sage advice. The only problem is that many times the disease does not show up until later in life, like after you have children, and not everyone can fork out the dough for genetic marker testing.

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    4. Kristy, you don't need genetic testing to know if you have the sickle cell trait. It's just like testing for your blood group and very cheap, even in Nigeria where I live. Testing for sickle trait is compulsory in almost all Christian churches here, if you want to marry on church. They insist you know so you can find other people to marry or accept the risk of having sicklers.

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    5. How I pray it's true and it comes to uganda as well!its very expensive to do a born marrow transplant 99.9 percent of parents and guardians to sickler can't afford it! How I hope my only daughter gets healed oh God hear ouut my cry!

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  10. This is good news and we pray that true success is here for once

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  11. Congrats to Ms. Thomas, this "cure" has been around for years.

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  12. I hope this true I loss to young friends to this terrible disease.

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  13. A little too late for my husband who died last year from the disease and the complications of it. He did live with it for 51-years; 30 years past when it was predicted he would live.

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    1. Wow 51 is good. Sorry for your loss.

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    2. 51 is awesome (not saying it's ok) but life expectancy is up to 30. I have this illness but thankfully I don't suffer so intensely. Never had blood transfusion. However I have many many minor complications. I will be 39 this year and each year since 30 I become more and more weary of my mortality. I am sorry for your loss and pray for everyone with this illness. Hopefully this procedure can be affordable for most. Will have to look into it as I am now having some heart issues.

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    3. 51 is awesome (not saying it's ok) but life expectancy is up to 30. I have this illness but thankfully I don't suffer so intensely. Never had blood transfusion. However I have many many minor complications. I will be 39 this year and each year since 30 I become more and more weary of my mortality. I am sorry for your loss and pray for everyone with this illness. Hopefully this procedure can be affordable for most. Will have to look into it as I am now having some heart issues.

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  14. I am praying for this my son is 35 with this disease. I was told my son would not make it through his teenage years. but i thank god each and everyday, he is still here.

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    1. We we're told the same. Amen.

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    2. My husband is 36 and has this disease too. It is heartwrenching to see him in crisis and even more so when he thinks about how he might not be around to see our kids grow up, or see our grandkids. I hope that this is something that will be made easily available for everyone that needs it, not just for those who can afford it.

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    3. I'm 44 years Old and I suffer from a form of the ailment, Sickle beta Thalessemia. Like many, I was told I wasn't gonna live pass the age 20. I didn't start to get "crisis" pain intil I was 13 1/2 years of age & that sh*t hurt so so bad the very first time I got sick. When I asked the doctors what can be done, they would say the ailment had no cure & you'll have to deal with this the rest of your life with Intravenous fluids, Controlled substances, Blood transfusions, penicillin, etc. Some will do better than others based on the type or strain you were born with. Being told you're gonna die at a certain age causes a lot of stress, depression and anxiety to the patient. I had my spleen removed after getting "sick" at work & later let go because I lied on my application about having any sort of blood illness. I've been taking a medication called Hydroxyurea & it's been helping me a lot (knock on wood) since I started taking it but without my spleen, I have to make sure I eat right, take my vitamins everyday & be careful since the spleen is the organ that helps fight off infections. My Doctor wants me to get the bone marrow/ stem transplant also. My sister has the "trait" as does my mother but the doctor said it can be done. All they need first is a blood sample from one of them. I'm hesitant to ask them for help though. My Mom is retired and in her mid 60's while my sister is a year older than me & is working and has 2 children, 1 is on their own & the other is 11 years old. Hopefully it can be worked out for me and all the other "Sickle cell Warriors" out there...

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  15. They did this on my cousin in virgina and he was cured so idk wtf this article is talking about and the side effects are worse he was a black male and they used a white womans marrow saying they were compatible they weren't and his body rejected it now he is n agony everyday Nile price look him up a soilder

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    1. Your donor can only be your siblings and you must share same mother and father. My brother was my donor in 1998

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    2. Not anymore I have 2 daughters with this and my son isn't compatible all 3 of them have the same father, however, they did say they had a match for my girls an unrelated donor but I'm too scared.

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    3. I'm sorry to hear that Dennis I'm located in Va an the doctors make this procedure sound like our Savior but a lot of things (very important things) were left out. After doing my own research I changed my mind quickly!

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  16. My son is sicklier...hope very soon he can do this too ..he has done 4 transfusion he will two 2 in April...its hard...

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  17. My daughter has been in the hosp for a month. Since she had a emergency c-section :(

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    1. I pray for long life and good health for your daughter and grandchild.

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  18. 2 of my daughters suffer from this...if this is true....

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  19. Let's post real information

    https://news.uic.edu/chicago-woman-cured-of-sickle-cell-disease

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  20. I've known about this for a long time,i was excited at 1st but when i looked into it more it seemed a little selfish,i say that because even though"they say it can cure"the risks involved were to risky.For 1 the procedure is not just that easy as they're sayin,it's a long and painful process for"us"the sickler and"them"the donor.They don't tell you that you can possibly not make it thru or the donor for that matter,but my thing is just going thru this process is very and i mean very painful even more so than having the crisis it's self.And the pain the donor goes thru is way too much for that person.I would never want to put another person thru something like that just for the sake of saving my life.It really gave me something to think long and hard about.

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    1. The sickler receives it intravenously. Its just like a Blood Transfusion. The donor is only sore maybe 3 days and they're put asleep. My brother was my donor

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    2. I mean yes there are risk for the receiver, its a 50/50 chance. At the same time being sick all the time is a risk too so why NOT try to save your life b4 your situation becomes worse

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    3. Amilia Pleasant how old were you ehen you had the procedure? Do you have any side effects or symptoms?

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    4. As a mother who has lost one child to this disease, I would have to say, given the choice to have her here for her sons and the rest of her family, we would take the chance. She passed away from complications associated with her iron overload from transfusions she had to have from the time she was 11 years old until she became sick from an enlarged liver at 28. We miss her so much that we would suffer any pain at the chance to have her here

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  21. To everyone who loves their family and friends please go to this website and check out what stemcell nutrition will do. I'm in my 70's and it helped my body produce adult stem cells from my own bone marrow making my entire body in a much healthier state
    www.nuliving.stemtech.com

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  22. This is false information. I was cured at age 12 in 1998 and there were others before mr

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  23. God is good, im really happy for this break through

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  24. The first person to be cured of Sickle Cell through a cord blood stem cell transplant was Keone Penn on December 11, 1998. I still remember watching the 60 minutes episode featuring him. From 2001 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/i60-minutes-ii-i-holy-grail/

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  25. This is fantastic news. I pray Africa hrs it's fair share of treatment. Africa has more sickle cell patients and as a patients myself, it's heart warming to know there's hope for the future.

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  26. In my church in Nigeria sickle cell is healed almost effortlesy

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  27. Hello everyone,
    The truth is that the procedure is costly, and the risk varies, some are side effect free but many with side effect you will hardly hear about. I know a Dr that has been curing sickle cell since 1989. And the mainstream never say anything about him. Dr sebi is the man, I have benefited slot from his research & is working for me. He prompted me into special research & I got to know that all you need is mother nature. My own achieved approach is dietary patterns & natural remedies, this approach ascertained crisis free life of any SC patient.
    The body can heal itself but one need to activate certain reaction of the body through what we consume daily.
    Iron rich food is the key, wherever iron is every other elements & more metals will be attracted.
    pls research on Dr sebi, though he's late now but his legacy lives on. he was systematically murdered. but his legacy lives on.
    Pls search on him & confirm my point then I can be of help for other things you may want to know.
    Thanks.

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    1. This is such crap. Sickle cell anaemia is NOT the same as Iron deficiency anaemia. Sicklers should NEVER take iron supplements. Iron overload is one of the things that kill Sicklers.

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  28. My Son 17 has thks hopefully we can put this to Rest Finally

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  29. Thank God - this is great news. This will change a lot of lives.

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  30. I believe in the power of God to heal any disease including sickle cell. I am a living testimony.

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  31. ‼Amen������‼

    I Am A Christian Man who grew up with SS Disease, Lost My Oldest Brother 2’ SS Disease. And Growing Up was crucial for me & my older Bro. It totally skipped our middle brother but however, I thank God that Today I am 41yrs young, doing well for myself, living in California Now from growing up down south in
    New 0rleans,La. I'd seen several friends I went to summer camps with Really face some huge "uphill battles & storms". I myself have had to many blood transfusions to count, thank God never had strokes or anything worse but I did have (2) Acute Chest Epidodes both with A Touch of Pnemonia. That's No Joke There b/c you literally feel like dying. It was only my Faith in God, Family & Friends Support, & A Will 2 Live &!Thrive as other Healty Ppl. Do. My Concerns about this Transplant is the Side - Effects. Now if there are more Healthier Holistic Ways To Go-About The Cure, “I'm All In”‼ - Until Then, That Transplant Needs To Rise In The Number Of Success Rate VS Episodic Crisis’s related to as a direct correlation to the number of ppl. Who the Transplant doesn't effect negatively. God Bless Everyone who deals with this personally or indirectly as family support. My Prayers������Are Truly with Each & Everyone of You. God Bless. ~JayG!!!

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  32. Kala ada u said ur church heals sickle cell effortlessly.

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  33. I am a 34 yr old with sickle cell sc disease, its the mild form, but it still effects me daily.. I hope this can help me out

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  34. I thank God for healing from this disease. Everyone that is suffering from this please know God is an healer and he has already healed you all just receive your blessing by believing God has bore our sicknesses and diseases on the cross with him. For he said by his stripes we were healed, which means we are already healed. The enemy tries to play with our emotions and feelings and this controls the person and keep them in bondage. Please know in Christ you are free and have been redeemed your salvation is in him. God is worthy to be praise his word will never come back void if he said it then it is so. I suggest you all to find an Apostolic nondenomination church that is filed with the holy spirit. God bless you all go and be healed.

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    1. Congratulations Iesha and family. I'm a SC Warrior of 44 yrs and I'm definitely bringing this across my doctors and friends. God bless you!

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  36. Am tired!! Am 47 I want to be cured!!������

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  37. I'm Denise Thomas Sam, I born in Guyana South America. I have a daughter who is 14 years old. She have sickle cell disease (SSS). She suffer pain in her abdomen, joints, her urine is brown and eyes yellow also serious back pain. Could you please help so she could live a normal life.

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  38. Moringa and liquid chlorophyll. Vitamin B12, zinc, Cooper. Good luck my dear

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  40. Congrats to Ms. Thomas, this "cure" has been around for years.
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