A week after Sedrick was born, he was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disease that causes a child to be born with little to no immune system. Sedrick’s diagnosis meant he was susceptible to life-threatening infections. His parents isolated him, and themselves, at home while eagerly waiting for a cure.
Fortunately, Sedrick received a lifesaving cord blood transplant several weeks after his diagnosis and is now looking forward to his 4-year birthday.
“It was such a relief,” said Sedrick’s mother Franziska. “You’ve been told your baby is going to die without a cord blood transplant and you’re just waiting to hear if there’s a match. Once we got the call that we found the match, we knew that we could move forward.”