Ted DeVita

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Ted DeVita (1962 – May 27, 1980) suffered from severe aplastic anemia requiring him to live in a sterile hospital room for the last eight years of his life.wikipedia
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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

His story, along with that of Texas patient David Vetter, was used to create the 1976 made-for-TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 American made-for-television drama film inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who lacked effective immune systems.

Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn

In 2004, the story of DeVita's life, illness, death, and the lasting impact of these events on his family was examined in a memoir by his younger sister, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, entitled The Empty Room: Surviving the Loss of a Brother or Sister at Any Age.
She is the author of The Empty Room, a memoir of the death of her older brother, Ted DeVita, who lived for eight years in a plastic bubble at the National Institute of Health Clinical Center before dying of iron overload from the transfusions he had as treatment of his severe immune disorder at the age of 17.

Aplastic anemia

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Ted DeVita (1962 – May 27, 1980) suffered from severe aplastic anemia requiring him to live in a sterile hospital room for the last eight years of his life.
In the past, before the above treatments became available, patients with low leukocyte counts were often confined to a sterile room or bubble (to reduce risk of infections), as in the case of Ted DeVita.

David Vetter

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His story, along with that of Texas patient David Vetter, was used to create the 1976 made-for-TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

Vincent T. DeVita

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Ted DeVita was the son of NIH oncologist and researcher Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., MD, who diagnosed his son's illness in 1972.
Vincent DeVita diagnosed his son Ted as a child with aplastic anemia.

Bubble Boy

Transfusion hemosiderosis

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His death was not primarily due to aplastic anemia, but was caused by iron overload from too many transfusions.
Ted DeVita died of transfusional iron overload from too many blood transfusions.

Texas

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His story, along with that of Texas patient David Vetter, was used to create the 1976 made-for-TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

John Travolta

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In the film, John Travolta played "Tod", a teenage boy who lived in a sterile bubble due to illness.

Oncology

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Ted DeVita was the son of NIH oncologist and researcher Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., MD, who diagnosed his son's illness in 1972.

Platelet

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Severe aplastic anemia is a rare disease in which the body is suddenly unable to produce new blood cells and platelets.

Immune system

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Its victims have no effective immune system and must be protected from infection.

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

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DeVita was admitted to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Laminar flow

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While scientists and physicians tried all known treatments for his condition, DeVita was isolated in Building 10, in a "laminar airflow room".

Leukemia

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This specialized room on "13-East" had been created in 1969 to protect leukemia patients whose immune systems had been compromised by chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy

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This specialized room on "13-East" had been created in 1969 to protect leukemia patients whose immune systems had been compromised by chemotherapy.

Blood transfusion

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Physicians hoped the sterile room and frequent blood transfusions would sustain him until he recovered spontaneously or an effective treatment was found.

Pathogen

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He was surrounded by a "curtain" of air, a steady outflow of positive air pressure to expel potential pathogens.

Space suit

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On the few occasions DeVita left his room, he was enclosed in a spacesuit and helmet, with an air pump that expelled pathogens.

Star Trek

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His sister remembers that the only time DeVita was not stared at was at a Star Trek convention.

National Institutes of Health

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Ted DeVita was the son of NIH oncologist and researcher Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., MD, who diagnosed his son's illness in 1972. Ted DeVita died in 1980 at NIH Hospital in Bethesda.

Bethesda, Maryland

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Ted DeVita died in 1980 at NIH Hospital in Bethesda.

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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Bone marrow transplants, transfusions, iron chelating regimens, and brief periods in positive airflow rooms are used in treating these patients.

Chelation therapy

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Bone marrow transplants, transfusions, iron chelating regimens, and brief periods in positive airflow rooms are used in treating these patients.

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