In some cases, a blood and marrow transplant (BMT) can cure sickle cell disease by replacing the sickle cells with healthy cells from a donor. That is what it did for Tendoh Timoh, who now enjoys a life free of the disease’s debilitating effects.
At 6 months old, Tendoh was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Growing up, Tendoh endured many painful conditions, including asplenism, acute chest syndrome, numerous infections and a hip replacement.
As a result, Tendoh could not participate in any sports and was absent from school at least a third of each academic year. His mother and siblings had to care for him throughout his painful episodes and frequent hospital admissions.