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.
Hemophilia A is the most severe type of hemophilia. A best way I can describe hemophilia is when a “normal” person falls and bumps their knee they heal with a scab eventually. Unfortunately, a child with Hemophilia cannot do that on their own. If Walter were to fall on his knee and he knotted or scrapped it medicine would have to be used.