Two families connected after an HIV-positive heart transplant meet for the first time

Two families are forever linked after a groundbreaking operation involving an HIV-positive heart transplant. From Baton Rouge to the Bronx — two families now linked by the beating heart in Miriam Nieves’ chest. A heart donated by Brittany Newton’s family. “I am full of thanks and I am full of gratitude. God gave me several, but this is the big one. This saved my life, so thank you,” Nieves said. Miriam, 62, contracted HIV during years of substance abuse. She’s been clean for three decades. But her kidneys began to fail, and doctors at New York City’s Montefiore Health System considered a transplant. But they decided her heart wouldn’t survive the surgery, so she was put on a list for both organs. “We felt if we did this it would put her in a category of her own. She wouldn’t compete with anyone else in the whole country,” said Dr. Omar Saeed of Montefiore Health System. Watch the video above for more on this story.

Two families are forever linked after a groundbreaking operation involving an HIV-positive heart transplant.

From Baton Rouge to the Bronx — two families now linked by the beating heart in Miriam Nieves’ chest.

A heart donated by Brittany Newton’s family.

“I am full of gratitude and I am full of gratitude. God gave me several, but this is the big one. This was my rescue, so thank you,” Nieves said.

Miriam, 62, contracted HIV during years of substance abuse.

She’s been clean for three decades.

But her kidneys began to fail, and doctors at New York City’s Montefiore Health System considered a transplant.

But they decided her heart wouldn’t survive the surgery, so she was put on a list for both organs.

“We felt if we did this it would put her in a category of her own. She wouldn’t compete with anyone else in the whole country,” said Dr. Omar Saeed of Montefiore Health System.

Watch the video above to learn more about this story.

Leave a Comment