Boy in the bubble

At 11, he was growing more thoughtful and asked to see the stars. A special sterilized cocoon bed was prepared for Vetter at his birth. His family took him out to watch the sky for 20 minutes on his birthday. A friend arranged for a special showing of Return of the Jedi at a local theater so that Vetter could attend the movie in his transport chamber.

As he grew older, he became aware of the world outside his chamber, and expressed an interest in participating in what he could see outside the windows of the hospital and via television.

But what was life like for "Bubble Boy"? But David Vetter, a young boy from Texas, lived out in the real world - in a plastic bubble.

After being placed in the sterile chamber, Vetter was touched only through special plastic gloves attached to the walls of the chamber. Their third child, David Phillip Vetter, was born September 21, After Carol Ann learned she was Boy in the bubble conceive another boy, doctors told her her son would have a one in two chance of being born with SCID - a disease that only affects boys.

The Vetters, who already had a daughter, decided to proceed with another pregnancy. The Vetters refused an offer to abort their child. His mother married a magazine reporter who had written about her son.

At this point, the treatment team explained to him what germs were and how they affected his condition. His father went on to become the mayor of Shenandoah, Texas. A recent report showed that 14 of the 16 children who received this experimental therapy nine years ago are now living full lives.

Nicknamed "Bubble Boy," David was born in with severe combined immunodeficiency SCIDand was forced to live in a specially constructed sterile plastic bubble from birth until he died at age At the time, the only management available for children born with SCID was isolation in a sterile environment until a successful bone marrow transplant could be performed.

David Vetter

He outgrew the suit and never used the replacement one provided for him by NASA. William Shearer talks to David prior to the procedure. After 20 seconds of exposure to the world, he was placed in a plastic isolator bubble.

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While his body did not reject the transplant, [4] he became ill with infectious mononucleosis after a few months. John Montgomerysought to provide him as normal a life as possible, including a formal education, and a television and playroom inside the sterile chamber.

Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives Four months after receiving the bone marrow transfusion from his sister, David died from lymphoma - a cancer later determined to have been introduced into his system by the Epstein-Barr virus.

The space agency designed a special spacesuit for David so he could walk and play outside. The chamber was kept inflated by air compressors that were very loud, making communications with the boy very difficult.

The suit was connected to his bubble via an eight-foot 2. Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives Immune disorders had typically been treated by bone marrow transfusions among perfect donors only. Baylor College of Medicine Photo Archives Although the process of putting on the spacesuit was complicated, it was worth it for both David and his mother - who was able to hold her son in her arms for the first time on July 29, pictured here.

William Shearer, his primary physician. Vetter had his sister and friends for company while at home. To get from the isolator to the spacesuit, David had to crawl through an insulated tunnel.Check out The Boy In the Bubble by Paul Simon on Amazon Music. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a American made-for-television drama film inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who lacked effective immune systems.

It stars John Travolta, Glynnis O'Connor, Diana Hyland, Robert Reed, Ralph Bellamy & Theme music composer: Mark Snow, Paul Williams. Aug 24,  · Watch video · A young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom finds out that the woman he has loved since childhood is about to be married /10(K).

What's it like to live in a bubble? For some, this means living a sheltered life. But David Vetter, a young boy from Texas, lived out in the real world - in a plastic killarney10mile.comd: Sep 18, Nov 12,  · The boy in the plastic bubble, Tod Lubitch (John Travolta) suffered from immune deficiencies.

Actor Robert Reed, (who played his father in the film) would later die on May 12, from complications of AIDS/10(K). The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, a TV movie drama inspired by Vetter and DeVita starring John Travolta Bubble Boy, comedy film inspired by the life of David Vetter References [ edit ].

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