Sobi is a biopharmaceutical company focused on rare diseases. One of them is haemophilia A, an inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot normally. People with haemophilia A will bleed more after an injury. This disorder can be severe, moderate or mild.
In severe cases, heavy bleeding can occur after a minor injury or even spontaneously when there is no injury. Bleeding into the joints, muscles, brain or organs can cause pain, lasting injury, and other serious complications.
Erik Andersson from Sweden was like most kids growing up – full of curiosity, energy and willpower. But there was one big difference: he was born with haemophilia A, meaning any injury – big or small – could potentially have serious consequences.
Fast-forward 33 years. Erik is now a nature-loving adult who, thanks to a number of medical breakthroughs, has been able to free himself from the chains of a disorder that used to define him.
An active man firmly intent on proving to himself and the world that there is a life beyond haemophilia, in 2020 he took on a challenge together with Sobi and the Liberate Life project: to climb Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise.
Together with his coach Ida, Erik prepared for several weeks before taking his first steps towards the top. His preparation and hike were documented though video clips, pictures and blog posts that were shared on the Sobi Liberate Life website and through social media.