Cianna’s smile aim to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Anaemia and to provide support to local families affected by the condition. Sickle cell anaemia is a serious inherited blood disorder where the red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, develop abnormally. The sickle-shaped cells contain defective haemoglobin that can block blood vessels, resulting in episodes of severe pain, known as a sickle cell crisis that can last for days. Sickle cell is one of the most common genetic diseases in the world with over 250,000 carriers of Sickle Cell gene in England. Carriers of the Sickle cell gene are generally healthy and have no symptoms but there is a 1 in 4 chance that a baby can have Sickle Cell if both parents are carriers.

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Money raised from this page will contribute to funding a fun family day out for over 40 families affected by Sickle Cell in the Reading area, organising a Sickle Cell seminar to further educate local healthcare professionals about the condition and to continue raising awareness of Sickle Cell in our area.

 

Cianna’s smile aim to raise awareness about Sickle Cell Anaemia and to provide support to local families affected by the condition. Sickle cell anaemia is a serious inherited blood disorder where the red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body, develop abnormally. The sickle-shaped cells contain defective haemoglobin that can block blood vessels, resulting in episodes of severe pain, known as a sickle cell crisis that can last for days. Sickle cell is one of the most common genetic diseases in the world with over 250,000 carriers of Sickle Cell gene in England. Carriers of the Sickle cell gene are generally healthy and have no symptoms but there is a 1 in 4 chance that a baby can have Sickle Cell if both parents are carriers.

Dr Georgina Hall from the Royal Berkshire hospital, Reading describes Sickle Cell as a ‘life long disorder. We see patients from little baby stage, right through to adolescent and teenage years. Sickle Cell can affect
any part of the body. Mainly we look to see the effects of a painful crisis such as pain in the chest or bones’. Inspired by her 8 year old daughter Cianna who has Sickle Cell, charity founder Hayley King is launching the health care campaign to dispel myths and educate families about the illness. Cianna was born 11 weeks premature and within the first few days of her life her parents were told she has Sickle cell anaemia.

 

Cianna’s Smile says:
“I believe that raising awareness is extremely crucial. If we are able to provide a service that will encourage and educate healthcare professionals about the disorder, then those suffering from Sickle Cell will receive efficient treatment on admission to hospital and an empathic service.”