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American Experience
Boy in the Bubble, The
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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When David Vetter died at the age of 12, he was already world famous: the boy in the plastic bubble. Mythologized as the plucky, handsome child who had defied the odds, his life story is in fact even more dramatic. It is a tragic tale that pits ambitious doctors against a bewildered, frightened young couple. It is a story of unendingly committed caregivers and resourceful scientists on the cutting edge of medical research. This AMERICAN EXPERIENCE raises some of the most difficult ethical questions of our age. Did doctors, in a rush to save a child, condemn the boy to a life not worth living? Did they, in the end, effectively decide how to kill him?



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Chicago: “American Experience; Boy in the Bubble, The,” 02/17/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2686754FA90C4025AE3774D7131B0935.
MLA: “American Experience; Boy in the Bubble, The.” 02/17/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2686754FA90C4025AE3774D7131B0935>.
APA: American Experience; Boy in the Bubble, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2686754FA90C4025AE3774D7131B0935
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