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Stem cell transplant cures first adult sickle-cell patient in Canada

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The first adult in Canada to have been cured of sickle cell anemia did so with the help of stem cells donated by her sister.


Edmonton’s Revée Agyepong, 26, underwent the treatment at Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and blood tests confirm she no longer has the debilitating disease.


“I feel free,” said Agyepong.


“It’s something I’ve dreamt about, prayed about and have been thinking about my entire life.”


Agyepong was born with sickle-cell anemia, a hereditary disease in which blood cells change into a sickle shape and block blood vessels, causing severe pain and a risk of stroke and organ damage.


She even made a bucket list at a very young age after initially reading that her life expectancy was 16 years.


“I need to go to Disney. I was so serious,” she said.






Full article @ Calgary Herald

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