June 20, 2013
You have to see this amazing video in which doctors describe the radical treatment they gave a six-year-old dying of leukemia - and how it worked.
Emma Whitehead, 6, was near death from leukemia after relapsing twice following chemotherapy, leaving doctors fresh out of options. Except one.
The Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia used a disabled form of the virus that causes AIDS to reprogram her immune system genetically to kill cancer cells.
Who would dare to pit one fatal disease against another inside the body of an six-year-old patient? These doctors did, and exceeded all expectations:
The controversial, wholly untested treatment very nearly killed her. But she somehow emerged from it cancer-free, and is still in complete remission.
She is one of the first humans in whom new techniques have achieved the goal of giving a patient?s immune system the lasting ability to fight cancer.
Here's hoping she won't be the last!
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