Doctor Who ‘Cured’ Baby With AIDS Guided By Prayer, Faith

(UPDATED) Mississippi pediatrician behind the treatment is a former Baptist missionary to Ethiopia.

Update (Apr. 1): Hannah Gay talks more about her faith in a Baptist Press interview.

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Update (Mar. 12): Debate continues over whether the baby was actually infected vs. exposed to HIV, and thus the true significance of the treatment.

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The doctor who made headlines last week for apparently curing a baby girl born with AIDS began her work in pediatric HIV after observing the spread of the disease while as a missionary in Africa.

Hannah Gay, a Southern Baptist and doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is responsible for the aggressive, early treatment being heralded as a "functional cure" for a two-year-old girl who now continues to test negative for HIV.

Hannah Gay and her husband, Paul, worked as missionaries in Ethiopia for several years as the HIV epidemic hit in the '80s, and when they returned, Gay started her extensive work to prevent transmission of HIV to newborns and treat children infected with the disease, Baptist Press reported.

"[Faith] influences every area ...

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