Thalassemia: Thalassemia in India, Life Expectancy, Iron Buildup Within the Blood, Stunted Growth, the Cost of Treatment, the Thalassemia Gene, Carriers and Victims, and the Most Common Genetic Illness in the World

Every year in India, 10,000 children are born with thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder found throughout Asia, in which iron accumulated until it causes death. Most people with the disease will not reach the age of 25. Those with thalassemia require weekly blood transfusions but these transfusions cause a fatal buildup of iron. To remove the iron buildup, iron chelation medications are required. Without treatment, growth is stunted leaving those suffering from the disease permanently trapped wi...

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