Hemophilia is a rare genetic bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot normally. Persons with hemophilia are missing or have a low level of a protein needed for normal blood clotting. About 18,000 people in the United States are known to have hemophilia. Hemophilia usually only occurs in males, except for rare exceptions. A person with severe hemophilia means that they have less than one percent clotting factor in their system.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Christmas time with Case and William.
Helping Case assemble one of his Christmas presents,
Dorcas Annette Walker is a second generation woman with the disease of hemophilia. Her father had severe hemophilia and died from AIDS due to contaminated clotting factor. Dorcas is the only daughter of two to be a hemophilia carrier. Her daughter, Dawn, also has mild hemophilia as well as being a carrier. This is very rare as normally a father with hemophilia passes the gene down to his daughter and she becomes a hemophilia carrier and then in return she passes the gene down to her son, who has hemophilia. Dorcas' son, Dwight, has severe hemophilia inherited from his grandfather.
Dorcas is currently working on a book about raising two children with hemohilia. Not only did Dawn and Dwight keep her on her toes by having some bleeding episodes at the same time, but she also had to cope with the frustrations of having a daughter with a rare genetic disease that caused internal bleeds like her son with no guidelines to go by as Dawn was in the process of making medical history herself.