Our Carlton Haywood is a bioethicist, patient, researcher and advocate

The tall, lanky patient enters the room bent over and shuffling like a man twice his age. He climbs on a gurney and lies back, head throbbing. Then Carlton Haywood pulls out a bottle of Tums, relief-in-waiting for the nausea he fears will come.

“You never know how bad it’s going to get,” he says with a cordial smile.

Haywood, 37, belongs to the 0.003 percent of the U.S. population that suffers fromĀ sickle cell disease, which predominantly affects blacks and which he has battled since birth. A health care team at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center is about to remove 75 percent of his blood and replace it with donated units, a procedure he undergoes monthly.

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