American Experience

Season 18 Episode 10

The Boy in the Bubble

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 10, 2006 on PBS
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The Boy in the Bubble
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Account of David Vetter, a boy with an immune system so compromised that he led a life of isolation in a sealed enclosure.
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      • In order to boost his immunity, Vetter was finally given a bone marrow transplant at the age of twelve, but traces of a dormant virus killed him two weeks after the procedure.

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      • Bruce Jennings (medical ethicist): By 1971, we in the United States were well along in a remarkable period of medical progress. Medicine was on a roll. And in that climate it was natural for physicians and researchers to want to take up any condition that was incurable and treat it as a challenge - an enemy to be defeated.

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