Timothy Ray Brown was standing next to his doctor, Gero Hütter, as they waited for an elevator at a Berlin hospital in August 2006. The elevator dinged, and the opening door sounded as if it sighed. They stepped in as Brown processed the news Hütter just delivered: there could be a cure that would address Brown’s HIV and leukemia simultaneously.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever,’” said Brown. “It was like a fantasy idea that I wouldn’t have to worry about HIV again.”
But it wasn’t a fantasy. The Palm Springs resident, now 52, would become known to the world as the Berlin patient.
Now, more than a decade after Brown became the first person cured of HIV in May 2007, a patient in London has reportedly been cured by a bone-marrow transplant as well. The London patient has yet to speak publicly but Brown said he already feels a deep connection with him. – Desert Sun, with Nicole Hayden