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21/09/1971 David Vetter, the bubble boy, is born

David Vetter was an American boy who suffered of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). It is a hereditary disease which weakens the immune system. Individuals born with SCID are abnormally susceptible to infections. David lived in a sterile environment of a plastic bubble in hospitals. He died at age 12 several months after unsuccessful bone marrow transplantation.