Rickey Bugg’s Story | Vanderbilt Health Stories of Impact

(intense music) – I was scared out of my mind. I was not prepared for it by any means because in my mind, my son was fine. There was no reason to
think any further about it. Ricky is six years old. He was born with Sickle Cell Disease. – Sickle Cell Disease is
an inherited blood disorder that impacts the red blood cells. They can have a stroke, like
you see older people having, even in their toddler years. – At one point I asked him
what did his pain feel like? He said it felt like a jackhammer. So at that point in time, I knew that the pain
was really, really bad. There are a lot of things
that go into taking care of a child who has Sickle Cell Disease. So not only do you have to make sure that you keep your doctor’s appointments, make sure that your child
is taking their medications, but it’s just the day to day things, in terms of a child wanting to be a child. So I really appreciate Dr.
DeBaun and Miss Jeannie being here just to walk us through those day to day things. – Dr. DeBaun is the director
of the Sickle Cell Program here at Monroe Carell
Junior Children’s Hospital. He is also a leader in both national and international research
related to Sickle Cell Disease. We have about 250 children
on our panel of patients that we care for and I’m
responsible for all of them. – I am amazed at how Miss Jeannie is able to remember everybody’s name. There are a lot of children that they see, and yet she knows each
and every one of them as if they were her own. I would encourage you to donate simply because one day this
could be somebody that you know. It could impact your life in such a way that you would have never imagined. Today, I feel more
empowered, more educated so that I can go out and
I can teach other people about Sickle Cell Disease, to provide them with a
sense of comfort that, you know, this is not the end. This is only the beginning. (upbeat music)

1 thought on “Rickey Bugg’s Story | Vanderbilt Health Stories of Impact

  1. Thank you Vanderbilt for all that you do to take care of all patients, but more importantly WE THANK YOU FOR CARING 1st!!

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