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The Boy in the Bubble

David Vetter lived his whole life sealed off from the outside world in a plastic bubble. He was born with a rare genetic disorder, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease.

David Vetter lived his whole life sealed off from the outside world in a completely sterile environment. He was born with a rare genetic disorder, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease, which made him hugely susceptible to infections. He died from the disease at the age of 12 on 24 February 1984, when a bone marrow transplant failed. Rachael Gillman has been speaking to his mother Carol-Ann Demaret.

(Photo: David Vetter and his mother Carol-Ann Demaret Credit: Carol-Ann Demaret)

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