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I have a friend whose genotype is AS. He's married now to a wonderful woman whose genotype is AA. They have a baby girl now and each time I think about him or call him, I'm always happy for him and that beautiful baby who would either be AA or AS which equals to life without sickle cell crisis.
Now this guy wanted to marry so bad. He was ready but he kept meeting and loving ladies with AS also. It was really difficult for him. I kept encouraging him and prayed with him some times. He then started fasting and prayer for God to change his genotype to AA. He would ask me "can God do it?" and I'd usually tell him yes but with a caveat. He really believed God to do it for him. He fasted for days. He believed.
I could see in his eyes how desperate he was for that miracle. I never discouraged him but each time he finished fasting and go for test, it wouldn't change. This hope for a miracle and fastings spanned over one year. I would tell him that God has heard him but that God would provide for him a wife who has AA as genotype. I am AA and my wife (then fiancee) is AA. My parent are both AA. All my siblings are AA. We are a family of AA 😂. No we didn't choose to be and those who are not didn't choose to be that way too. Life happened.
Two adult made decisions for the genotype of those who are SS and I was so scared that this my friend would make that mistake. I kept praying that he makes the right decision. Some times I wished I could take the S in his and give him one of my A's since my wife's is AA.
I can hear you doing a "just negodu gi" face for me. Hehehehehehe... Seriously, I felt that way some times.
Fast forward to last year January, he alerted me of his wedding and I asked him what genotype, he was so pleased to tell me AA and added that she's not just an AA lady but also a wonderful gift from God. I smiled and congratulated him. I kept thanking God for holding him strong to make the right decision.
I am happy and writing about this today because I'm celebrating the health of his beautiful daughter and the ones that will come after her. He already has one and its not SS. None will be SS and it makes for more rejoicing. I haven't lost a relative that had sickle cell disease but I've nursed sickle cell patients. During NYSC camping, there was this intelligent beautiful Lady I nursed during my shift in the camp clinic. Sickle cell crisis.
My God! She told me one day "I love my mum and Dad so much but I'm still wondering why I'd have to be the one to suffer for their stupid decision". She was almost cursing them.
Tears almost dropped drop from my eyes but I had to remain her nurse. Intelligent yoruba black beauty; I had to stress that 'beauty' and 'intelligent' part because the thing pain me reach bone.
Ndi okorobia na umu agboghobia, see God works miracles. Oh! He does. I can testify but common sense is a miracle too because it saves you from some situations you'd be needing a miracle to come out from. Can he change genotypes? A resounding yes. Will he change yours? Its up to him. But biko ensure your genotypes are compatible before you walk that lane. Don't let your kids curse you.
Your genotypes is more important than your wedding reception hall booking and your cake. If you must marry an incompatible genotype, please don't have kids. Don't make babies, you'd be wicked to do that. You can adopt sha.
Have a great weekend.
P.S: I'm sharing my friend's story with his permission but he doesn't want to be tagged.
Wow, Nice one
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