My nan had sickle cell anaemia, she pasted away from it in 2003 aged 59, however now I am 17 turning 18 soon i wanted to look in to it abit more. As far as I know I understand that it's on my dads side. My dad has never been tested for it and only found out my nan had sickle cell anaemia shortly after her death. At the time the hospital was really unsure as to what was wrong with her, I don't know much about what happened as I say I was very young then.
But I just wanted to know is there a chance of me getting sickle cell anaemia, or God for bid my dad becoming ill by it. As far as I know my nan is the only one in the family to have become ill by this, my mums side has nothing and I've looked up that both parents require the sickle cell trait for it to become sickle cell anaemia.
My nan had two brothers and both are healthy and do not seem to have any symptoms.
However nether Myself or my dad have experienced any symptoms but I just wanted to know if sickle cell can just develop and come with age or does it start early. I hope I don't sound silly or anything as I say I've learnt alot about it in the past few days and I just wanted to understand a bit more. And I am worried for myself but more so for my dad as he is 52 and well I have read the NHS website and the part about the life expectancy worried me a lot
If anyone has any info please it would mean a great deal.
Jason faram 18