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5-year-old girl donates blood to save brother with sickle cell disease

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – A 6-year-old boy named Adedunmade Odedina loves reading maps, observing traffic patterns and learning about weather forecasts. Adedunmade wasn’t going to let his sickle cell diagnosis get to him.

But the disease can be fatal. It affects the shape of red blood cells, which can cause pain and damage organs in the body.

“You have to go to the emergency room when you have this pain attack,” said Halimat Odedina, Adedunmade’s mother.

Halimat said she and her husband had a conversation with their five-year-old daughter, Aderire. They found out from doctors that she was compatible with her brother’s bone marrow transplant, which is the only cure for her son’s illness.

The little girl decided to help her big brother and give him blood.

“She wasn’t scared because she really loves her brother,” Halimat said.

Aderire was unimpressed with the whole procedure – which took over four hours.

“Even though I told her not to go to school today, maybe she’s in pain, she said ‘No’, she just wants to go back to school,” Halimat said.

Aderire’s brother is in the hospital and is currently receiving the bone marrow transplant. We expect him to be fine.

“I let him know that you are doing something really important for your brother,” Halimat said.

Adedunmade will stay in the hospital for another 4-6 weeks, after which he can go home and play with his sister again.

If you’d like to help, their GoFundMe page has more information.


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