A middle-aged woman from Maryland, USA has become the first person living with HIV to donate her kidney to an HIV negative person in arguably huge medical breakthrough.
Nina Martinez traveled from Atalanta to Maryland and was wheeled into operating room Johns Hopkins Hospital, Maryland in USA on Monday, March 22, to make a difference in someone's life.
The 35-year-old medical consultant disclosed she acquired tested HIV positive when she was only six through blood transfusion in 1983 as reported by Washington Post on Thursday, March 28.
“Society perceives me and people like me as people who bring death. And I can’t figure out any better way to show that people like me can bring life,” she said ahead of the surgery.
Available statistics show at least 116 organ transplant from deceased HIV donors to HIV negative recipients since 2016 in the US, but the latest development is considered strange given sensitivity of kidney.
Recently, London-based patient was confirmed HIV-free following a bone marrow transplant from a HIV-resistant donor.
Doctors had to perform numerous tests on the said patient and they could not find a single trace of the AIDS virus three years after the bone marrow transplant procedure.
Meanwhile, the family of a deceased man identified as Zakhele has come forward, claiming that he died because he believed Pastor Alph Lukau had healed him of HIV.
According to the man's sister, he stopped taking his anti-retro viral medicine after the 'resurrection pastor' prayed for him - Zakhele believed he was healed but the virus ended up claiming his life a couple of months ago.
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