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Published April 24, 2013, 07:54 AM

HIV-leukemia patient receives rare transplant

MINNEAPOLIS — Doctors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital are hopefully a promising bone marrow transplant will cure a boy diagnosed with HIV and leukemia.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

MINNEAPOLIS — Doctors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital are hopefully a promising bone marrow transplant will cure a boy diagnosed with HIV and leukemia.

If successful, doctors say the 12-year-old boy would be only the second person in the word to be cured of HIV. The boy had a bone marrow transplant Tuesday, but in this case, the procedure was done using umbilical cord blood.

Transplant specialist, Dr. Michael Verneris, says the blood is infused intravenously, circulates his body and finds the insides of his bones on its own. The stem cells start making blood which is immune to the HIV virus.

KARE-TV reports it could be two or three months before doctors know if the transplant is successful.

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Information from: KARE-TV, http://www.kare11.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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