American Experience - Season 18, Episode 10 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Boy in the Bubble


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The cutting edge of modern medicine gets a closer look in an American Experience docuemntary detailing the life of young David Vetter - also known by the masses as "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble." His short life confined to just twelve consolidated years, Vetter's brave battle sparks controversy when some claimed that it was the haste of doctors that condemned the handsome boy to a life they would argue wasn't truly worth living. As a terrified young couple struggles valiantly to save the life of their precious child, viewers will find themselves faced with some of the most difficult, and heart-rending ethical questions in modern science.


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