Laila was born premature, and at just a couple of weeks old, routine tests revealed that she had sickle cell disease, a group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become misshapen and break down. It’s a severe hereditary form of anemia in which a mutated form of hemoglobin distorts the red blood cells into a crescent shape at low oxygen levels. Laila is very susceptible to infections, deals with frequent nose bleeds, and blood clots which cause severe pain throughout her body. During the winter months, she has a particularly difficult time, as the cold weather affects her circulation, and the pain is so unbearable that she can’t even go to school.
Laila is loving, caring, and a little shy. When she grows up, she hopes to be a doctor so that she can help people get well. Laila loves all things pink, making arts and crafts, playing with dolls, Disney Princess Tiana, and especially Mickey and Minnie Mouse who were the inspiration for her bedroom’s theme. Laila has big dreams about meeting her favorite Disney characters and hopes to take a memorable trip to Walt Disney World.
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