`The grimly named “isolator” was supposed to be temporary.
Everyone expected that the baby boy named David Vetter would develop a functioning immune system once he received a bone marrow transplant from his sister. Then he could leave the plastic walls that protected him from germs and live happily ever after, forever able to touch those he loved.
It was not to be. As a fascinating and heartbreaking new television documentary reveals, overly optimistic doctors and modern medical technology would fail the “boy in the bubble.” Doomed by a deadly combination of hope and hubris, he wouldn’t make it to his teen years.’