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Restored Hearing Not Nearing

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Doctor: "What seems to be the problem?"

Patient: "I have a sore throat. I ache. I have a fever."

Doctor: "Sounds like some kind of virus."

Patient: "Everybody in my office has it."

Doctor: "Well then, it's probably a staff infection."



"One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going." -- English novelist J.B. Priestley, (1894-1984)

Medical History

This week in 1983, David Vetter, "the boy in the bubble," underwent a bone marrow transplant operation in the hope that it could help him develop the immune system he lacked. Vetter was born with a genetic disease called severe combined immunodeficiency and had spent his entire 12 years protected, but isolated, in a sterile plastic "bubble." The hope was that bone marrow from his 16-year-old sister would stimulate growth of his immune system. Less than two months later, however, Vetter died of Burkitt's lymphoma. An autopsy revealed that his sister's bone marrow contained traces of a dormant virus, Epstein-Barr, which went undetected in pre-transplant screening.


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