HIV-leukemia patient receives rare transplant

Published On: Apr 24 2013 08:49:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 24 2013 12:29:03 PM CDT
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

Doctors at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital are hoping a 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 world 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.

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