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Experimental drug brings remarkable improvement in boy battling cancer

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 06:01 PM CDT
(CNN) -- After just three doses of an experimental drug, Josh Hardy -- whose parents had to launch a media campaign to get him the medicine -- is sitting up, doing homework and playing board games with his brothers, his mother said.

Just last week, Josh was so sick he could barely get out even a few words. He was in heart and kidney failure, and vomited blood several times an hour as his family held a vigil in the intensive care unit of a Memphis hospital.

Josh received doses of the drug brincidofovir Wednesday, Saturday, and Tuesday, and tests showed the level of adenovirus in his blood went down from 250,000 copies per milliliter to 367 copies per milliter.

"We expect it will be out of his system by Tuesday," his mother, Aimee Hardy, said Friday. "I'm beside myself with how effective this drug was so quickly."

Already they're seeing results of the waning virus in Josh's system. He no longer has bleeding in his stomach and intestines.

Before receiving brincidofovir, Josh was fighting for his life. The adenovirus was ravaging his immune system, left vulnerable by treatment for cancer, and the only available antiviral drug to treat it wasn't working.

To read more about Josh and his battle click here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/21/health/cohen-josh-hardy/index.html
Experimental drug brings remarkable improvement in boy battling cancer


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