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The family and friends of Lakisha Norfleet are uniting to raise money to help with her funeral costs to give her a proper burial.

TTP is a rare disorder. It can be fatal or cause lasting damage, such as brain damage or a stroke, if it's not treated right away. Unfortunately in Kisha's case it was fatal. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare blood disorder. In TTP, blood clots form in small blood vessels throughout the body. The clots can limit or block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body's organs, such as the brain, kidneys, and heart. As a result, serious health problems can develop.The increased clotting that occurs in TTP also uses up platelets (PLATE-lets) in the blood. Platelets are blood cell fragments that help form blood clots. These cell fragments stick together to seal small cuts and breaks on blood vessel walls and stop bleeding. With fewer platelets available in the blood, bleeding problems can occur. People who have TTP may bleed inside their bodies, underneath the skin, or from the surface of the skin. When cut or injured, they also may bleed longer than normal. Thrombotic (throm-BOT-ik) refers to the blood clots that form.Thrombocytopenic" (throm-bo-cy-toe-PEE-nick) means the blood has a lower than normal number of platelets. "Purpura" (PURR-purr-ah) refers to purple bruises caused by bleeding under the skin. Bleeding under the skin also can cause tiny red or purple dots on the skin. These pinpoint-sized dots are called petechiae (peh-TEE-kee-ay). Petechiae may look like a rash. The two main types of TTP are inherited and acquired. Acquired TTP is the more common type of the disorder. "Acquired" means you aren't born with the disorder, but you develop it. This is what Kisha had....This type of TTP mostly occurs in adults, but it can affect children. In acquired TTP, the ADAMTS13 gene isn't faulty. Instead, the body makes antibodies (proteins) that block the activity of the ADAMTS13 enzyme. It's not clear what triggers inherited and acquired TTP, but some factors may play a role. These factors may include: Some diseases and conditions, such as pregnancy, cancer, HIV, lupus, and infections.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO GIVE KISHA A PROPER BURIAL, PLEASE SEND ALL DONATIONS TO DUANE E. HARVEY
Address: 9100 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64138
Phone: (816) 763-9100
THE FAMILY WOULD APPRECIATE ANY DONATIONS. KISHA WAS A GREAT INDIVIDUAL AND WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE. PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT. REST IN PEACE KISHA.
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