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Continued: April 23: Historic transplant for boy with HIV, leukemia

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 12, 2013 - 6:19 PM

Tests show he is free of both diseases six years later, and on Tuesday, he also called the boy to wish him well.

“As the first person in the world to be cured of HIV,” Brown, who lives in Las Vegas, told the boy, “I’m hoping that you’ll be the second.”


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  • A child who was born with the HIV virus, received an experimental treatment in his hospital room at the University of Minnesota. It may look like he’s simply getting fluids from an IV bag, but he’s getting cord blood cells from a donor with a genetic resistance to HIV infection. Doctors hope that the blood cell transplant will cure the boy of HIV and a rare form of leukemia which he recently developed. Dr. John Wagner is a specialist in children‚Äôs cancer who is leading the medical team (top, right). Some others on the team include Dr....

  • Dr. John Wagner, left, watched as Dr. Michael Verneris playfully balanced a Julius Erving-autographed basketball on his finger after the cell transplant on a basketball-loving boy with HIV and leukemia.

  • A lab assistant delivered the blood cells to the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital for the procedure. Said the boy’s mother in a statement Tuesday: “This is the beginning of a new chance for me to have a healthier kid. I am thankful for the University of Minnesota giving him the chance to live.”

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