Blood saved my nephew from a vampire

I am the first born and only one with sickle cell disease. All my siblings had seen me go through the pain. I never thought anyone in my family would give birth to a child with sickle cell disease. I thought I knew all about sickle cell disease because I have it. In 2013 my nephew Asher was born normal and had no signs of sickle cell but things turned around when he was 2 years old.
In April 2013 we were outside playing when he started complaining about headache, and I offered him paracetamol and he felt better. Late in the night things got worse and he had burning fever and we were forced to rush to the nearest clinic called St. Mary where we were told to take him to a better hospital because he was already anemic and needed blood transfusion.
We rushed to Mengo hospital and admitted at 1am that late night. He was tested for his hb and the results came back and confirmed it was 3.8. The nurse confirmed that he needed a blood transfusion. His blood group was also tested and it was A-. We were informed that the doctor had to sign before he got the blood. The doctor came in and we were told that Asher would be transfused in the morning so we had to wait till after dawn. Blood was not available in the hospital and had to wait be delivered from Nakasero Blood bank. He was put on one drip of glucose and antibiotics.
In the morning the doctor arrived with blood, it was coming now to 11 am and we had gotten tired of waiting and thinking about what would happen if blood had not been received.
After about an hour the first unit was done, the second was connected. After the transfusion Asher was now playing again, we were discharged after two nights.
On discharging him the doctors advised us to donate blood and save other lives the same way Asher was saved by blood he was transfused with.

Key Entry Rules

  1. You must be someone with Sickle Cell Disease or have some strong connection with SCD through kinship, friendship or caring responsibility.
  2. Your story – which must be true and should include some aspect of the importance of blood in the narrative – must be between 200–2,000 words.
  3. We expect most entries to come from Africa, but where you live is less important than the story you have to share.
  4. Stories must be submitted by the contest deadline of 30 September 2016.
  5. Photographs and other media can be included and are very much encouraged.
  6. First, second and third place winners will be awarded a monetary prize of $500/$350/$250 respectively. There will also be two special $125 prizes for standout young contestant (under 16) and standout health care professional, if not represented among the overall winners.

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