Hemophilia Daredevil

Walter has severe hemophilia A and continues to do things like this. He’s a daredevil!

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Raising a Child with Hemophilia

My first thought to finding out my child had hemophilia was, “How are we going to deal with this?” I was currently a second year student and all of this was happening around finals. I immediately thought the worst. I felt like he wouldn’t be able to have a normal childhood. I also felt as though his father and I wouldn’t be able to accomplish the goals we wanted to in life. I knew I needed to educate myself on this illness. The first step the doctors had to make was putting a hickman line in Walter’s chest, for him to get factor VIII. Walter had to get a hickman because he was a baby and that’s the smallest thing you can put in a baby. Factor VIII is a medicine that helps the blood clot. It is something a hemophiliac needs.

hickmanTaking care of a central line was much more harder than I thought. We weren’t told of how easy these lines can get infected; especially with a baby.