Until recently, the Valley’s more than 570 adults with sickle cell disease had to seek care outside the Valley, in the Bay Area or Los Angeles Region. But, that is no longer the case. In July, the Sickle Cell Anemia Clinic opened in the Community Cancer Institute to provide comprehensive care to patients who suffer from this rare disease.
Ragina Bell is a new patient of Dr. Mohammed Bukari’s. She was born with sickle cell anemia, a genetic disorder in which red blood cells are misformed, making it difficult to carry oxygen throughout your body. The 32-year old mother used to have to travel to the bay area every month to get blood transfusions, replacing her abnormal red blood cells with healthy ones.