Man injects his son with HIV-tainted blood to avoid paying child supportBy Mason White 5:40 AM October 6, 2013
|Brian Stewart holding his son Bryyan Jackson|
By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A cruel man, who wanted his baby to die so he could avoid paying child support, was sentenced to life in prison.
Brian Stewart of St. Louis, Missouri, injected his 11-month-old son with HIV-contaminated blood while the baby was in a hospital with Asthma.
When his unfathomable evil act came to light, Stewart was sentenced to life imprisonment, and the judge called him “the worst kind of criminal.” When asked why he injected his baby with the deadly virus, Stewart said he wanted to kill his son in order to avoid paying child support.
The boy, Bryyan Jackson, whom doctors gave five months to live when he was 5-years-old, is now 22-years-old, and to the amazement of doctors he is alive and healthy. “Anyone in my situation would have died in three months, I got five months to live,” Jackson said.
The side effects of the HIV medicine were terrible. Jackson lost 70 percent of his hearing. At 5-years-old, the poor boy was taking 23 different pills, two IV bags, and three daily injections.
Five months passed, and Jackson was still alive. Another year passed, he was struggling, but he was alive.
Fast forward 20-years and here Jackson is not only alive, but healthier than ever. The virus has been undetectable in his system for the past five years, something doctors have called a miraculous recovery.
“I went from 23 pills to one pill a day and now its undetectable, my T-cell count has been up, giving me zero percent chance of passing on the virus,” Jackson said.
Jackson now devotes his time to promote AIDS awareness through the organization Hope is Vital. The organization aims to
promote education on HIV/AIDS to prevent the spread of HIV, dissolve myths and reduce the negative stigma associated with being HIV positive.
Jackson admits that on many occasions throughout his life it has been very difficult. He contemplated suicide several times. Despite everything, he credits his Christian faith for giving him strength to go on.
Now, Jackson has gotten to the point where he is able to forgive his father for the misery he intentionally caused him, a move that most see as miraculous as his survival.
“I think there is salvation for everyone, and sometimes I find myself praying for the salvation of my father,” Jackson said