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Miguel Gutiérrez

Whether studying for his college engineering classes or swimming in a competition, 20-year-old Miguel Gutiérrez is driven to be the best at everything he does.

Miguel attributes his determination to succeed to having to manage hemophilia A, also known as factor VIII deficiency or classical hemophilia.

The condition, in which one of the proteins needed to form blood clots is missing or reduced, usually affects males. It is inherited and can be life-threatening if not managed properly. When a person with hemophilia is injured, he runs the risk of bleeding longer than a person without the disorder.

As a child, Miguel's family first realized he had hemophilia A when he bumped his head after slipping from the arms of a babysitter who was holding him. He was brought to the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico where he was diagnosed with hemophilia A.

Growing up, this diagnosis caused Miguel certain hardships as he had to be cautious during playtime and was absent from class fairly often.

"At the time I received a bit of disdain from my peers because I had to take it easy while playing," Miguel said. "But thanks to the support of my family and friends I was able to learn to never give up on my goals."

Nowadays, when Miguel experiences a bleeding episode he administers Beriate P® from CSL Behring. This product replaces the missing factor VIII in his blood, helping it to clot.

"Beriate P has really improved my daily life," Miguel said. "By effectively managing my condition, I can lead a healthy and normal life. As a college student this is important because it's critical for me to attend every class."

When not in the classroom or at the pool, Miguel can be found writing music, playing an instrument and working out.

"Living with hemophilia has helped me to develop a determination that doesn't let me give up on any obstacles," Miguel added. "I want all kids in Mexico to know that through hard work and support from your loved ones you can make your dreams come true and achieve everything you focus on."

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*BEFORE ENGAGING IN ANY TYPE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, ALWAYS CONSULT WITH A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ACTIVITY IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
Condition: Hemophilia A
Therapy: Beriate P® (Coagulation factor VIII)
Country: Mexico
Miguel Gutiérrez
"By effectively managing my condition, I can lead a healthy and normal life."

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