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Hydeia Broadbent, Child With AIDS, 18 Years After Her Oprah Interview 1996

Remember Hydeia Broadbent, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 1996 to talk about living with full blown AIDS. Hydeia Broadbent, was born with HIV and most doctors didn’t think she would live past the age of five after her status transitioned into AIDS.

When I turned 5, I had had symptoms of AIDS. I had had fungus in my brain, blood infections, pneumonia. I went Code Blue a couple of times. And when I was 5, that’s when they said I was full-blown AIDS.

Hydeia Broadbent On Oprah In 1996

I remember being brought to tears when Hydeia talked about missing her friends who died from the disease, and learning to get up in the morning to fight for another day instead of just waiting to die. When Oprah asked Hydeia what was the hardest part of living with AIDS, I remember Oprah had to fight back tears when Hydeia answered:

When your friends die. [Hydeia in tears, voice breaking] That’s the hardest part because you love them and you always lose a friend to AIDS. It’s hard, especially…real harder on the parents. They’re friends and stuff, you love them a lot and you get real close…A lot of my friends have died of AIDS.

Just watching it brings tears to my eyes, again. Well the good news: Hydeia Broadbent made it past the age of five, and past the age of eleven where she first appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is now a 30 year old beautiful woman advocating on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS, while fighting to prevent the spread of the disease. Hydeia did not even chose this life, but she made the best of the life that was given to her. Amen!

Watch the video and check out Hydeia now; as she talks about going through her teen years, and struggling to find a man who will love her unconditionally…

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