When Jason and Tara Borofka took their adorable 1-year-old named J.T. in for a checkup when he was 2 months old, the pediatrician said he looked a little pale. The doctor ran a blood test, it showed J.T. had lower levels of iron and hemoglobin -- a blood cell count -- than a typical baby at his age.
They later discovered that J.T. had a type of anemia, which is a shortage of red blood cells.
The Borofkas were referred to another hospital. While there, his parents said J.T.’s hemoglobin blood cell level dropped so much that he needed an emergency blood transfusion.
“At that point, we knew something was really wrong,” Jason Borofka said.
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