Boy who received experimental medication shows significant improvement

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(March 24, 2014) – A young boy who received an experimental dose of medicine could leave the hospital soon.

Josh Hardy, 7, was diagnosed with a deadly virus after a bone marrow transplant. His parents appealed to a pharmaceutical company to let him have an experimental drug that could save his life. The company initially declined, and Josh’s parents launched a national campaign to get the company to change its mind.

The company finally relented and gave him the medicine. After just three doses, Josh is sitting up, doing homework and playing board games. His mother said he’s still weak.

Doctors plan to perform more tests this week to find out if the virus is completely gone.