Sickle Cell Disease Expert, Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, Dies at aged 76

Director emeritus of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, a world-renowned expert on sickle cell disease died of metastatic lung cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse on Saturday, May 7.

He became a world figure on sickle cell illness after discovering that the disease can cause blockages in blood arteries in the brain, leading to a high rate of strokes among sickle cell youngsters.

                   Note: Sickle cell is an inherited disease caused by a defect in a gene. A person will be born with sickle cell disease only if two genes are inherited one from the mother and one from the father.

He was born in Ghana on May 13, 1972, and his Wikipedia page contains little information about his personal life. As a result, little information about his parents has been included because we don’t know anything about them.

Kwaku Ohene-Frempong was born in Kukurantumi, Ghana, on March 13, 1946, to Kwasi Adde Ohene and Adwoa Odi Boafo. Because his father was a cocoa grower and a prominent member of the royal family, He has a daughter, three brothers, and a sister with whom he grew up.

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Janet Williams, whom he met during his college days and married on June 6, 1970, was his wife.

He attended a boarding school, Prempeh College, before attending Yale University and majoring in biology.

Ohene-Frempong was elected president of the Ghanaian Sickle Cell Foundation and national coordinator of the American Society of Hematology’s Consortium on Newborn Screening in Africa. The American Society of Hematology awarded Ohene-Frempong the Henry M. Stratton Medal for 2021.

He died of lung cancer complications in May 2022, at the age of 76.

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