The Minnesota Pre-Teen
In April 2013, news arrived about a 12-year-old boy in Minnesota, Eric Blue, who had received a stem cell transplant using HIV-resistant donor cells to treat his HIV and leukemia.
Sound familiar? It should. It's the same procedure Timothy Ray Brown underwent, except the doctors used umbilical cord blood, which is easier to match to a recipient.
The transplant operation itself was completed without complications, and Eric was reportedly doing well until June 2013, when he developed graft-versus-host disease. Sadly, he passed away on July 5, 2013.
"While not yet conclusive, tissue and blood tests obtained through Blue's treatment have shown an absence of HIV, even after his medications were discontinued," his doctor said.