(iWIDK By Allie Beauregard) – It appeared the cure to one disease was the introduction of another, incurable one.
This week at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Emily Whitehead, 7, became the first child and third overall test patient to win the battle over cancer after her T-cells were removed, adjusted with inactive strands of HIV, and put back into the body where they attacked the cancer cells of their own host.
Emily’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia was a death sentence before she was offered to be one of 12 guinea pigs in this new procedure where the body tricks itself into recovery.
The treatment was aggressive and life-threatening, and it was reported by The Telegraph that Emily almost died during it.
But now Emily, and two other patients who underwent the $20,000 procedure, are in full recovery and cancer free.
Upon Emily’s return to school, her father marveled at such advancement in medicine, asserting that ”in the war against cancer there is no one in front of Emily.”