IS COOLEY’S ANEMIA?
Cooley’s Anemia, also called thalassemia
or Mediterranean anemia, is a genetic blood disorder that
affects the ability
of the red blood cells to carry oxygen. Treatment requires
blood transfusions as often as every two weeks and, for many,
a difficult nightly drug infusion. Left untreated, it is
Cooley’s anemia is disproportionately
represented among people of Italian heritage. People who
carry the trait
for thalassemia suffer no ill health themselves; however,
if two people who each carry the trait have a child, there
is a 25% chance with each pregnancy that the child will be
born with a severe form of thalassemia.
The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation was
formed in 1954 to battle thalassemia; OSIA has for many
years been a leading
supporter of our efforts.
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