‘Berlin patient’ who was cured of HIV dies of cancer
LONDON (UK) – The first person known to have been cured of HIV Timothy Ray Brown, died in California following a relapse of cancer. He was cured of HIV when he had a unique type of bone marrow transplant.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that Timothy passed away … this afternoon surrounded by myself and friends, after a 5 month battle with leukaemia,” said his partner Tim Hoeffgen in a Facebook post.
Born on March 11, 1966, he became known as the “Berlin Patient” after he was cured of HIV in the German capital in 2007.
His case inspired doctors treating HIV as well as patients, offering hope that one day a cure will be found.
Adeeba Kamarulzaman, president of the International AIDS Society, said he would mourn Brown “with a profoundly heavy heart”.
“We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Huetter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible,” said Kamarulzaman.
Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 while he was residing in Berlin and in 2006, he was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer known as acute myeloid leukaemia.