Raymund Nanos has hemophilia, a rare bleeding disorderBy Lean Carlo Macoto, VERA Files
Like the vast majority of Filipino men, Raymund Nanos is a huge basketball fan. His favorite sport is basketball. His favorite pastime is watching basketball. Those who don’t know him would probably think he plays ball at the court around the corner. In his purple shirt, walking shorts and flip-flops, he looks like that type of guy.
But he isn’t. In fact, this five-foot-five mega basketball fan plays no sport.
At seven months, before he could even walk, Nanos was diagnosed with hemophilia, a rare bleeding disorder and a lifetime disease. Blood doesn’t clot normally for hemophiliacs, and when they bleed, they do so much longer than normal.
Spur-of-the-moment bleeding episodes are not strange to hemophilia patients, especially around their ankles and other joints. Strenuous exercise like basketball can induce bleeding. At least once in their lifetime a vital organ bleeds, spontaneous or otherwise. A recurring question in Nanos’s life is, “Will I bleedRead More »from Basketball, brotherhood, and beating a bleeding disease