Patient Stories

jacob_smitherman.jpgFor 13-year-old Jacob Smitherman, sickle cell disease has always been a part of life – he was diagnosed in utero. His parents both carried the sickle cell trait, prompting doctors to perform an amniocentesis when his mother was five months pregnant. “He is blessed that he has not had any serious complications with his sickle cell,” Jacob’s stepmother, Cortelyou Smitherman, said. “For him, it has been more about managing it and getting the right medications. Thankfully, his doctors at...

Jacob's Story


harmony_cooper.jpgDoctors suspected Harmony Cooper had sickle cell disease when she was just days old. For first-time mother Briona Leonard, the prospect was both unnerving and intimidating. “We were leaving the hospital a few days after her birth when doctors handed me a letter suggesting she get further testing at a specialty clinic,” Leonard said. “So we went and had all the blood work done to find out.” When Harmony was 2 weeks old, her sickle cell diagnosis was official. Harmony was referred to...

Harmony's Story