The Weekly: My Blood
26 min • Health & Science • 2020
Meet Helen Obando, a shy 16-year-old who likes to dance when her body isn’t ravaged by the debilitating symptoms of sickle cell disease. The genetic blood disorder can cause strokes, organ damage and intense pain that can feel like glass running through her veins. After a lifetime of pain and potential permanent damage to her body, Helen had the opportunity to receive a breakthrough experimental treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital that would make her the youngest person in the U.S. to have her DNA reset in an attempt to treat her sickle cell disease.
THE WEEKLY follows Helen and her family as they navigate a world of hospital visits, and uncertainty, in pursuit of what they hope could be a cure. (Episode 22 of 30)