MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WSMV) -- Doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital discovered a
medical breakthrough in a decades-old drug used to treat adults with
sickle cell anemia. In a clinical trial, the drug Hydroxyurea shows
incredible results in young children also suffering the disease.
can cripple my children. They cannot walk if it's in their leg area.
They can't walk on it," said mother Angela Ballentine. "They have not
had a crisis since they've been on this drug."
3-year-old Nyla and 6-year-old Blake, have sickle cell; the blood
disorder turns normal red blood cells into a sickle shape making blood
flow difficult. It affects one in every 500 African-Americans.
The extreme pain forces the family into many hospital visits.