Lab-grown blood gives hope, says sickle cell patient

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Ms Odesanmi said the condition affected the whole of her body.

She said: “I get asked, often, to describe the pain and I can’t.

“I’ve had two hips replaced, one ankle fused, my elbow is getting weakened, my shoulder is being affected and I have a disc bulge in my lower back.”

She has also had a liver transplant.

But Ms Odesanmi is hopefully the prospect of the lab-grown blood may mean fewer transfusions in the future.

“Hope is one thing we’ll hold on to, hope is all we have,” she said.