David Vetter (known as ’The Boy in The Bubble’ in the sterilized plastic environment that was his home from his birth until his death 12 years later); ca. 1978.
David Phillip Vetter (September 21, 1971 – February 22, 1984) suffered from SCID, severe combined immunodeficiency.
‘The chaplain of Texas Children’s Hospital at the time, Rev. Raymond Lawrence, said of the situation: “The great scandal of the Bubble Boy was that he was conceived for the bubble. The team that did this didn’t think through this very well. They didn’t consider what would happen if they didn’t find an immediate cure. They operated on the assumption that you could live to be 80 years old in a bubble, and that would be unfortunate but okay.” Lawrence said that the original three doctors encouraged David’s parents to conceive David so that they could have a test subject for studies, a charge which is denied by the three involved doctors.’
Rows of infected people assembled into warehouses suffering from 1918 Influenza Pandemic. A total of 50-100 million people were killed, ca.1918.
The 1918 flu was unusual in that it heavily affected the young and the healthy. “Normal” influenza mostly kills the weak/elderly. This flu, however, induced what is known as a cytokine storm in those who were strong and healthy— basically your immune system would freak out and go into a positive feedback loop and drown you with fluid and white blood cells in the lungs.