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The Berlin Patient" : Der Mann, der HIV besiegte man who defeated The HIV
 
 
  english transltion from Stern magazine
 
November 2008 reports on doctors of the Berlin Charite, a sensational success you had managed to HIV at one of their patients to eradicate it. This patient, whose fate under the title "The Berlin patient" appearance caused a worldwide occurs now in the current star of anonymity: Timothy Ray Brown, U.S. citizens and 44 years old, first told of his dramatic history. Several times in the past four years, his life was threatened.

Brown, 1995 HIV-positive, gets in the summer of 2006 a second, even life-threatening illness: leukemia - blood cancer. Therefore, there remains only one possibility: the stem cell therapy. One of his doctors, Gero Htter has an idea: What if he looks for his patients have a donor who has an HIV-resistant immune system? After all, has about one percent of Europeans have such a predisposition, it protects against the immunodeficiency.
 
Htter studied and is looking for: It is indeed a suitable donor. The treatment of strikes, Timothy Ray Brown is healed: the leukemia is gone and the HIV virus. Just a few weeks after the therapy, doctors have found in Brown's blood any more pathogen genome. But this is only the beginning of a struggle for survival, the Timothy Brown finally wins - though not unscathed.
 
For the leukemia returns once again to endure a second time must Timothy Brown chemotherapy, total body irradiation and stem cell transplantation over him. Then it's him getting worse and worse, his brain is under attack. Finally, he can not walk and talk, barely responding to speech. But once again wins his zest for life - through intensive rehabilitation, he is slowly coming back on their feet.
 
HIV experts such as Jan van Lunzen from the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf said that the medical success in Timothy Brown was an isolated case, which had for most of those infected have no meaning (from Jules: because he had to undergo such a traumatic transplantation due to his cancer). Nevertheless, the result for researchers is very interesting because it opens up some daring optimistic outlook, such as gene therapy. "However, the future of music. When can we offer such treatment is unclear," says van Lunzen.
 
 
 
 
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