Victoria Gray was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia when she was threee months old. She describes that as her "first crisis," referring to a crisis of pain. For the next 30+ years, Victoria has lived with this deep, untouchable pain that had no cure and no treatment. The pain from sickle cell disease is caused by a genetic mutation that robs red blood cells of the oxygen needed to nourish the body. These deformed "sickle-cell" cells get jammed inside blood vessels, causing excruciating attacks of pain, organ damage and often premature death. A year ago, Victoria was given hope. She became the first person with a genetic disorder to get treated in the United States with the revolutionary gene-editing technique called CRISPR. Now, a year later, her life is completely different.

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