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Bubble Life / NASA Space Suit #46746

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 03, 1977
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(Studio) Report on young Houston boy who has lived entire life in sterile bubble.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Houston, Texas) Details of life of 6-yr.-old David, whose last name isn't released, who was born without natural immunities and has lived all life in sterile plastic bubble. Details with regard to space suit NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has perfected and which David can wear to protect self as he leaves bubble. [Nurse Brynn HOLCOMBE - describes boy's reaction to suit and things he says he wants to do.] Doctors' statement that David may have to spend most of life in bubble noted.
REPORTER: David Snell

Snell, David;
Walters, Barbara

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