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Child with HIV and leukemia dies after transplant




 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A child who received a cord blood transplant to try to cure him of both HIV and leukemia has died.

The transplant was performed at the University of Minnesota's Amplatz Children's Hospital in April.

A statement issued by the university on Friday says 12-year-old Eric Blue, of Alexandria, La., died July 5.

The university says the boy's response to the novel treatment initially was promising. But last month he developed a severe complication called graft-versus-host disease that happens when the donor cells attack various tissues in the recipient's body.

Cord blood transplants aren't unusual as a treatment for leukemia alone, but doctors were hoping that a rare mutation in the specific donor's cord blood that can guard against HIV infections would lead to a cure for both the boy's diseases.



 


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Information in this article was accurate in July 12, 2013. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.