The medical world may have made the most important discovery of the 21st century.
Two and a half years ago, a baby was born with the HIV virus and Dr. Hanna Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, was vigilant in treating the baby. She took a bold and risky step by administering a “three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth” that appears to have cured the child of HIV, according to the Huffington Post.
“I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot,” said Gay in an interview.
The mother gave birth to the child in a rural area of Mississippi, where the treatment was substandard for children born with HIV and the child was transferred to Dr. Gay’s hospital. The mother stopped administering the HIV drugs to the child after 18 months (a reason was not given). But remarkably, when she took the toddler to Dr. Gay after several months, there were no signs of the virus.
So far, Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center attributes the child’s cure to Dr. Gay’s rigorous treatment. Dr. Persaud believes that the treatment thwarted the spread of the virus throughout the child’s body because it prevented it from “seeding” into “reservoirs” that were not able to form in infancy due to the treatment.
This is exciting news seeing as how 300,000 babies were born with HIV in 2011. Let’s pray that this promises a cure is on the horizon. Read more here.