The Boy In The Bubble (A Poem Dedicated to David Vetter)
- What is Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID)?
There are more than 150 genetically inherited immunodeficiency diseases. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID) is rare, but deadly. SCID inspired the 1976 plastic bubble boy movie. SCID mortality rate is high in newborns if undiagnosed. Lea
- David Vetter: Boy in the bubble's legacy has saved life of thousands of children suffering from canc
David Vetter was born with a rare genetic disease that meant a single every-day germ would spell death for him - a disease that had already killed his brother
The Boy In The Bubble
Poor little boy
Wrapped in cotton wool.
Can't play outside,
Confined to a bubble,
Never experienced nature,
Laid on the grass,
Or smelt the flowers.
Never felt sun on his skin,
Or the wind in his hair,
Had a pet to hold,
Or friend to play with.
Poor little boy,
Will never travel,
Allergic to life,
His world in a bubble.
The Real Story
This was a true story of a little boy who lived virtually his whole life inside a sterile plastic bubble, waiting for a cure for his fatal immune disease (SCID) that, tragically, never came.
The world knew him as “the boy in the bubble,” or simply as David. People watched his life unfold on TV during the 70s and 80s as he grew up inside his special bubble and isolated from the germ filled outside world. The news always covered his birthdays, and because of this he captured hearts worldwide.
Sadly, David died at age 12, not from the disease, but after complications of a, then experimental, bone-marrow transplant.
His surname, Vetter, wasn't released publicly until ten years after his death in an attempt to protect his privacy and that of his family as much as was possible.
Today, approximately 40 years on, thanks to therapy made possible in part thanks to David's own blood cells, kids with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID), are able to lead normal and healthy lives.