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The Boy in the Bubble
Footage of David

The documentation of David Vetter's life began on September 21, 1971 -- the day he was born and placed in a germ-free isolator.

Watch this footage, shot at different points in his life, and see the brave young patient take his first steps, celebrate a birthday, and explore the world in a NASA-made protective suit. Finally, see David prepare for a bone marrow transplant, months before his death at age 12 in 1984.

Note: The early clips of David and 1984 footage have no audio.

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