DADDY AND ME: CARLOS BOOZER AND HIS SON CARMANI

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Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer celebrated with his 3-year-old son Carmani after a win against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, April 25, 2010.

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Carmani appears to be in good health considering that a few years ago, the young tot had to undergo a bone marrow transplant:

Carmani has had chemotherapy, made countless trips to the doctor and spent weeks in the hospital before and after a bone-marrow transplant that his parents hope wiped out his sickle cell anemia.

After Carmani had chemotherapy to attack his sickle-cell producing bone marrow, he was injected with stem cells from one twin’s umbilical cord to stimulate the growth of new bone marrow in the hope it will produce healthy blood cells.

Sickle cell is a devastating inherited disease of deformed red blood cells that can’t carry enough oxygen, common among people with ancestors from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

The abnormal red blood cells – shaped like a sickle or crescent – and have difficulty moving through the blood stream. Complications can include intense pain, stroke, organ damage and death. Read More

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