Man Finds Way to Forgive His Father for Injecting Him With HIV as a Baby

Boy forgives father for injecting him with HIV

The events of the world can begin to take a toll on you, as you brace yourself daily to see what tragedies have occurred. You find your fingers crossed as you continue to pray for the day that the news doesn't send your stomach churning in disgust. Nevertheless, the news continues to be plagued by misfortune and despair. That's why, however sad his story may be, 24-year-old Brryan Jackson is uplifting, inspirational, and admirable with his positive outlook on life after having been injected as a child with HIV-positive blood by his own father. It later transitioned to full-blown AIDS, which is what he lives with today. 

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When sentenced in 1998 with life in prison, the father didn't seem the least bit remorseful for all the hurt that he had caused in an absurdly selfish stunt to avoid paying child support. Yet, knowing this and all the while never having any contact with his father, Brryan continuously finds himself "praying for his [father's] salvation." That's an act far more selfless than his psychotic father deserves, as many probably agree with the judge in ruling that this awful man should "burn in hell from here to eternity."

It wasn't discovered what his father, Brian Stewart, did until Brryan became ill around the age of 5. The diagnosis was given during a period of time where this virus was still thought to be a death sentence, and he wasn't expected to live this long. In fact, at one point after Brryan flatlined, his mother Jennifer began making arrangements for her then 7-year-old son's funeral, as the doctors had suggested that it may be time for her to let him go. He didn't go. He was initially forced to take 23 pills daily to manage his health, but he has been able to condense the amount of pills down to one a day. Sadly, Jackson went on to lose 80 percent of his hearing during the course of this time, but he continues to be optimistic. 

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Although he once battled with the questions of why his father would do this to him and why can't he say sorry, it seems that he's made his peace with the situation, telling GQ, "Either I could be sitting around being so mad at the situation, or I can sit around and have fun with it." 

In 2013, during an interview with KPLR-TV, he admitted:

I don't know the guy; I just know what he has done, and I feel like you have to be accountable for what you've done. Maybe there's some regret; maybe there's a change in his heart. I don't know what he thinks or what he does, but since I've forgiven him, that's all I can do. Just live my life and show him what I'm made of.

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His father's actions haven't deterred him from going out into the world and doing great things. Named after his father, he changed the spelling of his name from Brian to Brryan, and with that new spelling came an optimistic and hopeful young boy. He went on to become a motivational speaker, despite his speech impediment -- sharing his story around the world and making a difference in the lives of others. 

With that said, there's something more that Brryan has to offer, and that is the lesson of forgiveness. As hard as it may seem to understand, it's no secret that forgiveness is rumored to be the key to freedom and happiness. The secret merely lives in the "how" -- how do we forgive -- and I think Brryan has it down.

 

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