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Offline Inchlingblue

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Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:56:32 PM »
I had never heard this horrible story about a father who injected his own son with HIV when the baby was 11 months old (in order to get out of having to pay child support@!). The boy got full blown AIDS and lost some of his hearing due to the treatment but he seems to be doing OK now and is graduating high school. There is a youtube link showing him talking, he doesn't talk "normally" due to his loss of hearing. He forgives his father. What an inspiration.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. Brryan Jackson has been left out of birthday party invitations and asked not to use water fountains. His daily routine at one point included 23 pills, three IV medications and two injections. But the toughest part of growing up with AIDS for him may be knowing how he got it.

When he was a baby, his father entered his hospital room and injected a syringe of HIV-tainted blood into his tiny body. At times during his childhood, he was expected to die.

Now 18, he'll put on his black cap and gown Saturday and graduate from Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, near St. Louis. Shielded from the public for much of his life since his father's high-profile criminal trial a decade ago, Brryan is now an outspoken advocate for people with AIDS, and the power of faith and forgiveness.

"I expect to break the barriers between what people think this virus is, and what it really is," Brryan said Thursday during an interview at his home. "I hope to eliminate a lot of ignorance and change people's minds."

Then he breaks into a few lines from a Lazlo Bane song: "I can't do it all on my own; I'm no Superman."
Brryan's mother, Jennifer Jackson, and his father, Brian Stewart, were together for about two years, off and on, in the early 1990s. After Jackson became pregnant and had the child, Stewart denied he was the father. Paternity tests proved he was.

In 1992, Brryan was 11 months old when he was hospitalized with asthma. After leaving the hospital, he was constantly sick. Doctors ruled out one illness after another.

Finally, in 1996, the child was near death when he was diagnosed with AIDS. But doctors were puzzled about how he got the disease. He wasn't born with it, and had not had blood transfusions. That's when suspicion turned to Stewart.

Stewart worked at a St. Louis hospital as a phlebotomist his job was drawing blood from patients. Brryan's mother said Stewart came to Brryan's hospital room during that 1992 stay and suggested she go get a bite to eat.

Prosecutors said he had a syringe filled with HIV-tainted blood tucked inside his lab coat. They said he waited until he was alone with the boy and injected him.





Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009, 04:24:58 PM »
Wow, what monster! I know there are people on here who are against criminalizing HIV transmission but I'm glad this guy was locked away. I'm happy Brryan is currently doing well and that his father's attempt to kill him failed.

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Re: Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2009, 04:31:23 PM »
I'm speechless at the horror of how a human being can be so evil. What a monster the father is! And life with parole? Gotta be kidding. Then why call it life? Madness.  >:(

I'm very touched and inspired by Brryan. Not only is he strong and brave, but is a real true role model and inspiration to us all. It's really humbling to know despite all the obstacles, he keeps fighting to stay alive and to do as much good as he can.  :-*

God please bless and keep him safe. :)

U go Brryan! :-*

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Re: Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2009, 07:11:14 PM »
Wow, that is just unbelievable.  I rarely hear things that make my skin crawl, but this story sure did.  The father shouldn't ever be let out of prison. 

What an inspiration Brryan is.  The true definition of a fighter.  I wish him truly all the best and I hope he has a long and successful life. I don't know if I could forgive.
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Re: Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2009, 07:22:20 PM »
I'm with you Betty I would find it hard to forgive..but I'm glad Brryan did, it is bad enough he has had to live with this virus for 18 years thanks to this evil man without adding hatred to it.

He really is an inspiration to all.

Jan :-*
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Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2009, 01:19:37 AM »
That EVIL creepy father should be water bordered to the end of the Earth. ..There is no word that can describe this horrible, awful load of crap.

On the bright side, the boy is a national treasure.
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Re: Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2009, 08:47:54 AM »
hmm, maybe we could send him an invitation to join our lovely lil community : ). i hope bryan finds what he is looking for.

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Re: Injected with HIV by dad as baby, teen inspires
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2009, 01:04:31 PM »
I personally think it's important not to see people who commit heinous acts (such as Brryan's father) as "evil" or "pure evil," etc. Part of what I find inspiring in this story is that Brryan doesn't see his father that way, I think it might be partly why he's been able to move on and thrive.


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