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- Carol Ann Vetter Demaret, David's mother
- Barak Goodman, filmmaker
- James H. Jones, author
- John Maggio, filmmaker
- John R. Montgomery, M.D., pediatric immunologist
- Mary Ann South, M.D., pediatric immunologist
- Joseph (Raphael) Wilson, Ph.D., biological research scientist
Carol Ann Vetter Demaret
Carol Ann Vetter Demaret gave birth to her third child, David Phillip Vetter, in a sterile environment at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, Texas on September 21, 1971. David's diagnosis of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), the condition that had killed his older brother in infancy, was soon confirmed. The Vetter family would spend the next twelve years seeking an effective treatment to enable David to leave the protective, germ-free "bubble" he called home. Carol Ann lost her son on February 22, 1984, after a failed bone marrow transplant.
In thirteen years of producing documentaries, Barak Goodman has received every major industry award: the Peabody, duPont-Columbia, National Emmy, and an Academy Award nomination. Two of his films for PBS's American Experience were selected for the documentary competition by the Sundance Film Festival: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (Sundance 2000), and The Fight (Sundance 2004).
James H. Jones
James H. Jones received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and has taught at the University of Houston and the University of Arkansas. He has held postdoctoral fellowships from Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Rockefeller Foundation. He is the award winning author of Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, A Tragedy of Race and Medicine (The Free Press), and Alfred C. Kinsey: A Life (W. W. Norton). His book on David Vetter will be published soon. An independent scholar, Jones lives in San Francisco, California.
John Maggio is an award winning producer/director whose films have screened around the world. His previous work for American Experience includes Kinsey (2005) and The Fight (2004) which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2000. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son.
John R. Montgomery, M.D.
In the early 1970s Dr. John R. Montgomery was an immunologist in the General Clinical Research Center at Texas Children's Hospital. Montgomery was a part of David Vetter's medical team. In 1975, Montgomery left Texas for Alabama, to be closer to family and to establish the pediatric department at a new branch of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, in Huntsville. He practiced and taught pediatric medicine there for over two decades, until his retirement in 1997. He also served in public health capacities including the Alabama State Board of Health and the Board of Medical Examiners. Today he continues his teaching as a professor emeritus of pediatrics.
Mary Ann South, M.D.
Dr. Mary Ann South was an immunologist in the General Clinical Research Center at Texas Children's Hospital, where David Vetter was born in 1971. She cared for David even after she left Texas in 1973, continuing to be part of David's medical team as a consultant. Her career ultimately took her to Nashville, and she retired from medicine in 1998, after 39 years as a practicing pediatrician, researcher, and instructor.
Joseph (Raphael) Wilson, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph (Raphael) Wilson was a professor of experimental biology at the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in 1971 when David Vetter was born there. Two years previously, he had helped treat twin boys born with defective immune systems after they were placed in plastic isolators. A Brother in the Catholic Congregation of Holy Cross, he baptized David at birth and became his godfather. Many years later he would be ordained as a Catholic priest.