FLORISSANT , MO ( KTVI)- By just looking at him, you can't tell anything is wrong with 6 -year-old Clayton Williams from Florissant .He looks like a normal kid who loves playing. But what you can't see is he has bone marrow failure due to sickle cell anemia. His parents found out after a routine check-up just weeks after Clayton was born.
The young boy is learning to deal with the pain, the horrible cramps and aches as a result of suffering from sickle cell an. Sickle cell anemia is the most common form of sickle cell disease . The disease is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent. Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center. They move easily through your blood vessels. Red blood cells contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin.