Mental health issues complicate treatment for sickle cell patients

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 05, 2024 11:20 AM CT | Published: March 05, 2024 4:00 AM CT

“It really hurts when it’s somebody you think is going to at least try to understand or be empathetic … all they see is my Black face and my sickle cell,” said April Ward-McGrory. She’s had both legs amputated because of sepsis and nearly died several times from complications related to the sickle cell disease. 

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Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki has spent the better part of two decades writing about Memphis. A former digital journalist for WMC Action News 5 and staff reporter for Memphis Daily News, her work has also appeared in The Commercial Appeal, High Ground News, I Love Memphis, Inside Memphis Business, The Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent, Memphis Magazine and Tri-State Defender. 


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