Justin Time

Diamond Blackfan Anemia

“It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”

Mark Twain

Justin Neil Medley was born July 27, 1997 at 7lbs 4oz. He was a little cutie with a dimple on his chin just like his Mom. We brought him home after just a day in the hospital as he seemed to be in perfect health. When Justin was 2 months old, we took him in for his first checkup. His pediatric doctor noticed he was pale and requested a series of test which later determined Justin was anemic with a hemoglobin level of 4.4 gm/dL. The normal level of an infant his age is 11 to 15gm/dL. After two blood transfusions and many tests, Justin was diagnosed with a rare and chronic blood disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia in which the bone marrow fails to produce red blood cells.