Josh Hardy, Va. Boy Given Experimental Drug to Treat Rare Virus, Making Strides

Friday, May 9, 2014  |  Updated 7:59 PM EDT
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Va. Boy Given Experimental Drug Making Strides

An 8-year-old Virginia boy is said to be making large strides in his recovery just two months after a virus wreaked havoc on his body.

Josh Hardy caught the virus following a bone marrow transplant earlier this year.

A social media campaign helped convince a drug company to provide Josh with their treatment, which is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Josh's mom told News4 her son has been out of the hospital for a month, and is being treated as an outpatient at St. Jude's Research Hospital in Tennessee. He's now in the process of re-learning simple tasks, like walking and eating. Meanwhile, he's undergoing dialysis as he regains kidney function.

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