BBNaija: Laycon reveals he is a sickle cell carrier
Big Brother Naija housemate, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly called Laycon, has revealed that he has a milder symptom of the sickle cell anaemia disease.
The UNILAG graduate made the revelation while having a conversation with Dorathy and Vee.
Laycon said he has haemoglobin that carries symptoms similar to those of Sickle Cell disease, but milder.
“My blood group is Sickle Cell, I don’t like to tell people my genotype because I feel they will think I’m sick.”
In her reaction, Dorathy said Laycon’s genotype could be the reason he’s not fat.
“Guess that is why you are thin,” Dorathy said.
Vee on her part then asked if she’s ever asked him if he was sick. Laycon responded “That’s because you are smart.”
Sickle cell anemia is one of a group of disorders known as sickle cell disease. It is an inherited red blood cell disorder in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.
There’s no cure for most people with sickle cell anemia. But treatments can relieve pain and help prevent complications associated with the disease.
Signs and symptoms of sickle cell anemia usually appear around 5 months of age. They vary from person to person and change over time. Signs and symptoms can include: Anemia, episodes of pain, swelling of hands and feet, frequent infections, delayed growth or puberty, and vision problems.