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Footage of David (6:19)

Title Card: Newborn

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Title Card: Age Two

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Title Card: Age Three

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Title Card: Age Four

[sister laughing.]

Title Card: Age Six

Voiceover:
... and it was this technology, developed for use in 1969, that years later became the basis for the system developed for David. But long before arriving at this point the entire system had to be proven safe and reliable.

The major stop on David's first outing was a hospital classroom nothing out of the ordinary for most six year olds but for him it offered unique opportunities. There was clowning to do before the mirror. Playing catch with his sister -- a genuine thrill when it's the first time. And it was a special treat to work in closer touch with his teacher. Although David performs above average in his school work, the mobile isolator by broadening his environment will enhance his educational experiences. In the coming months outings lasting at least four hours will take him to many places of interest: the park, the zoo, Johnson Space Center -- places that will expand his awareness of the world outside.

[ambient outside noise.]

Title Card: Age Twelve

[ambient room noise.]

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