The Boy in the Bubble

Topics: Severe combined immunodeficiency, Psychology, David Vetter Pages: 2 (649 words) Published: November 6, 2012
Morgan Peterson
May 4, 2011
Anatomy – Period F
The Boy in the Bubble

The Boy in the Bubble is about David Vetter; a boy was born with a rare hereditary disease, severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), meaning his body had no immune system to fight off diseases of any sort. He stayed in a plastic isolator bubble environments while waiting for a matching bone marrow donor or a cure for his ailment. The parents of David tried to give him as much of a normal life as they could, and he had schooling, played with friends that would come over and had a psychologist that would come to work with him. The doctors kept him in the bubble because if they let him out, germs would kill him within almost two weeks. However, he became a guinea pig to the doctors and psychologists because they would constantly test and try out things on David.

I don’t think that it was ethical of the doctors to keep him in this isolated bubble just to keep him alive. This is because of many reasons. David, because of his condition, and the medicine and technology that was available at the time, could never live a normal life. His parents naturally wanted him to, so they put him in the bubble, but it is impossible to live a fulfilling life and not go crazy while be confined to a bubble. David had verbal communication with people outside the bubble, but no physical contact. Physical contact, especially as an infant, is extremely important and necessary for human beings. We thrive on it. David, without it, will feel alone and this could lead to his depression. While other kids were on summer break, David would see them outside through his plastic bubble and be upset that that would never be him. He couldn’t ever play with other children.

Another factor of why his life is unhealthy is that as David grew older, he will come to realize that he isn’t like everyone else, and won’t ever be able to have a normal life. He was able to learn, but he began to question why it was necessary for him to...
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