First person to be cured of HIV ‘Timothy Ray Brown’ dies aged 54

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the ‘Berlin Patient’, has died at the age of 54 from cancer.

Mr Brown became an international symbol of hope in 2008 when he was the first person in history to be cured of HIV.

A decade after being diagnosed with the virus in 1995, Mr Brown was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

He was free from both ailments in 2008 following two dangerous procedures involving destroying the bone marrow which was producing the cancerous cells and a stem cell transplant from a donor who had a rare genetic mutation that made him resistant to HIV.

The International Aids Society president ‘Adeeba Kamarulzaman’ stated, “We owe Timothy and his doctor, Gero Hutter, a great deal of gratitude for opening the door for scientists to explore the concept that a cure for HIV is possible,”.

Director of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne ‘Prof Sharon Lewin’ stated, “Timothy was a champion and advocate for keeping an HIV cure on the political and scientific agenda.”