Boy in the Bubble
When conducting the survey for whether David should have been removed from the bubble once doctors saw this his sister’s bone marrow was not a match for him, the winning answer was that no, David should not have been removed. To support this decision, the most important point to consider is that David’s life has been an essential study to develop the cure of SCID. By putting David in the bubble, doctors were able to learn more about SCID to help future generations. Whether you call this a “living experiment” or a “guinea pig”, there’s no doubt that researchers and doctors learned a great deal from David’s death to finally reach an experimental treatment in 1990. According to William Shearer, one of David’s doctors, "David's life was important, but his greatest contribution medically was his death, because with this information, we will be able to treat other children with this disease." After using David’s life as a resource for Doctors, a cure was developed through gene therapy in 1993. Keeping David in the bubble for as long as they could was the best thing the doctors could do for David, because had they let him out, they knew death was certain for him. Had they let him out, they would be euthanizing David against his wishes. David and his family always had the option to let him out of the bubble whenever they wanted. Because David’s life was essential to help future generations of SCID patients, David should not have been removed from the bubble once they saw his sister’s bone marrow was not a match for him.
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