The Remarkable Ways That the ‘Boy in the Plastic Bubble’ is Helping Doctors 31 Years After His Death

Retro Report looks back on the story of little boy named David Vetter who suffered from a horrific immune deficiency condition known as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which forced him to live in a sterile plastic environment the entirety of his short life. His unique situation earned him notoriety as the “Boy in the Plastic Bubble” and the only time he left his bubble was the few final days before his death in 1984 at the age of 12. Since David’s death, researchers and...


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