When a couple falls in love and decides to spend their lives together, they often have a lot in common, like goals, interests and hobbies. Sometimes, two people have something they’d rather not share. Inheritable genetic disease can be passed down to the next generation when two parents each carry a defective gene.
This was the case with two patients at our San Antonio fertility center. They are symptomless carriers for sickle cell disease, a condition that causes normal red blood cells to become misshapen, like crescent moons. This interrupts the normal flow of blood though vessels and causes fatigue, swollen hands and feet, infections and episodes of intense pain.