Resource Logo
Associated Press

Eliana Martinez, 8; Won AIDS Court Test




 

LEAD: Eliana Martinez, an AIDS patient whose mother successfully fought a court ruling that the child be in a glass cage in school classes, died of the disease on Monday. She was 8 years old.

Eliana Martinez, an AIDS patient whose mother successfully fought a court ruling that the child be in a glass cage in school classes, died of the disease on Monday. She was 8 years old.

Eliana contracted AIDS as an infant from a tainted blood transfusion. The disease was not diagnosed until 1985.

Her mother, Rosa Martinez, a licensed practical nurse, adopted her as an abandoned 11-month-old in a Puerto Rico hospital.

Officials of the Hillsborough County School Board officials had wanted the child kept home, fearing she posed a health risk. A judge ruled Eliana could attend school if she stayed inside a special glass booth. But Mrs. Martinez appealed the decision. In April Eliana went to school for children with special needs, without the enclosure.



 


Copyright © 1989 -Associated Press, Publisher. All rights reserved to Associated Press. Reproduction of this article (other than one copy for personal reference) must be cleared through the AP Permissions Desk.



Information in this article was accurate in November 29, 1989. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.