HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg resident Omar "Juice" Moody, 7, was diagnosed with a blood disorder when he was just a baby.
"They checked his blood and they got his results back," said mother Brittany Crosby. "Within a month I knew he had sickle cell anemia."
Crosby said she has to take her child to the hospital at least twice a year.
"It's difficult as a parent to watch him go through the pain crisis and be in so much pain from screaming and you know it's hard, it's difficult to watch that," Crosby said.
"Sometimes I feel like I have to throw up and I have to go to the hospital," Moody said.
In seven years, Moody had at least five blood transfusions.
"When they're in that sickle cell crisis, it's almost the only thing that will help them come out of that crisis is a blood transfusion," Crosby said. "To get that new blood into their system it makes them feel better, makes their energy levels back up and their hemoglobin back to normal."
"When they put blood in me it doesn't hurt," Moody said. "It just feels good."
His mother said she sees how important blood donations are. She said she now donates blood and encourages everyone else to do the same.
"I try to encourage them to donate cause African American blood helps them come out of a crisis quicker," Crosby said.
Moody said receiving blood just simply makes him feel better. His mother thanks everyone who takes the time out to donate blood and also thanks those who help her child.