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A woman views images of Emily Whitehead on her website on December... News PhotoAdult,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Image,Internet,Photography,USA,Washington DC,WomenPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPA woman views images of Emily Whitehead on her website on December 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. US doctors say they have saved a seven-year-old girl who was close to dying from leukemia by pioneering the use of an unlikely ally: a modified form of the HIV virus. After fighting her disease with chemotherapy for almost two years and suffering two relapses, the young girl 'faced grim prospects,' doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said. So in February this year they agreed to take her on in an experimental program that fought fire with fire. Helped by a genetically altered HIV virus -- stripped of its devastating properties that cause AIDS -- doctors turned the girl's own immune cells into a superior force able to rout the 'aggressive' leukemia. Emily Whitehead was the first child and is one of only a handful of people in total to be given what's officially known as CTL019 therapy. The hospital stressed this could not yet be called 'a magic bullet.' AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)