Now finally six years later the couple have appeared in court charged with aggravated negligence after failing to tell doctors about the wife”s HIV infection, which as a result meant that no precautions were taken during the Caesarean birth and the child became infected with the disease either during the birth of from the breastfeeding afterwards.
Medics realised a few weeks later that the child was suffering from an HIV infection, and confronted the parents who admitted that they knew but had said they believed a faith healer who had told them the child could not be infected while being born.
The child is now six years old and cared for in a home.
The 50-year-old man and his 37-year-old wife, who were not named, were charged by a court in Dusseldorf, but only the man turned up and was given two years of probation.
He told the court: “I blame my wife. She told me that the medical advice we had been given was that the boy could not be infected.”