12 year old boy suffering from sickle cell disease after stem cell transplant: ‘I started crying’

A 12-year-old boy from Indiana is getting a new lease of life after a stem cell transplant healed his blood disorder.

A young boy in a blue shirt: Mike Dickberund / Riley Children's Health

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Ever since he was born, Elliott Predi has struggled with sickle cell disease, a group of inherited blood disorders that lead to a deficiency of healthy red blood cells.

The condition – which can lead to repeated infections, pain, developmental delays, and vision problems – allows Elliott to miss activities that other children of his age have. She was enjoying.

A young boy in a blue shirt: "They have the energy and stamina they never had," Elliot Predy's mother spoke of her son recovering after receiving a stem cell transplant last year

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“He has the energy and stamina he never had,” Elliott Preddy’s mother said last year of her son recovering after receiving a stem cell transplant.

Elliot told WWL-TV, “I used to play games when I was younger, but then I was very cold with my sickle cell.”

“So I started skipping all my games. My baseball and football,” Elliott said as he sat on his back verandah next to his family.

“She just couldn’t enjoy life as a child,” added her mother, Tremasha Priddy.

But a year after transplanting stem cells at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, doctors say Elliott is free of disease.

“It was a sip of relief,” Tiramesh told the hospital. “We shed a few tears for sure.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, bone marrow and stem cell transplant are the only treatment for sickle cell disease. But procedures come with risks and can present serious side effects. They can also result in death.

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One person standing in one room: Mike Dickbird / Riley Children's Health Elliot Priddy

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Mike Dickberund / Riley Children’s Health Elliot Priddy

Elliott received his stem cell transplant from an adult cousin, although the hospital does note that the best donors are siblings. Nevertheless, Elliot’s younger brother, Carter, is also diagnosed with sickle cell disease.

“We were released from the hospital after 37 days,” Tremasha spoke of her son recovering after the transplant. “You have to wait for the immune system to wait before they can actually test it. The first test shows the bone marrow when it was grown up it was 100 percent donor marrow. Any of their sickle cell bone marrow. Not what we want. “

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“When we got those results, I lost it,” she said. “It was ultimately real and confirms that everything that happened between her and my husband and I went on her behalf was worth it.”

The director of the sickle cell program at Riley, Drs. Sithal Jacob said, doctors became concerned that Elliott would eventually develop complications from chronic blood transfusion, and that was why it was decided to get a stem cell transplant for him.

“When we initially recommended about the transplant, it was because we knew that without it he would need chronic blood transfusions for the rest of his life,” Jacob said. “We became concerned when he started developing antibodies to the blood products that he was receiving.”

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According to the CDC, sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the United States. But the disorder largely affects blacks or African Americans, occurring in one out of every 500 births. It also affects one in every 36,000 Hispanic-American births.

Tremasha tells the hospital that when she sees Elliot playing in the sprinkler on her lawn, she finds out that the transplant has done her job.

“She couldn’t do it because cold water first caused a pain crisis,” she said. “And now he goes out and plays in quenching for hours. The first time he did that, I started crying. He has the energy and stamina he never had.”

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