Ted DeVita

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Ted DeVita was born in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland back in 1962. His father Vincent was a doctor who diagnosed his son’s illness in 1972. He was admitted to the National Institutes of Hearth Clinical Center. At the time scientists and physicians tried all known treatments for his condition.

Due to his rare condition, he was placed in a room where few people were allowed to visit him. Sadly, he died when he was 18. What you may not know about Ted is that he suffered from severe aplastic anemia, a condition in which the body is suddenly unable to produce new blood cells and platelets. Ted’s body had no effective immune system. While you may not know or heard of Ted you surely know the movie that was made of his short life, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

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Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Poor kid. I wonder if his outcome would have been different today with the advances we've had in medicine. 

Sep 16, 2019 03:19 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do remember a show but I think it was John Travolta playing it.

Sep 16, 2019 03:25 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray oh, I DO remember that movie.... what a horrible disease...

Sep 16, 2019 03:30 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I do remember the movie. It was so sad. Hope progress has been made on this rare disease. Enjoy your day!

Sep 16, 2019 04:03 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I do remember and like so many diseases, hopefully, there will be a cure in the near future.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 16, 2019 04:33 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I remember the story of the boy in the bubble, James... such an awful disease. And always heartbreaking for parents to lose a child so young.

Sep 16, 2019 04:39 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I do recall the story but didn't remember if I knew the particulars.  A sad story indeed.  

Sep 16, 2019 04:42 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I sure remembered the movie however, did knot know when the story line came from. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 16, 2019 05:27 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Such a horrifying disease. Yes I remember the film.

Sep 16, 2019 05:56 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have an outstanding week.

Sep 16, 2019 06:47 AM #10
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I always hate to hear about a child suffering in life and hopefully, his rare condition led to a treatment for others that might have such a disease.  I have heard of that movie, but I have not watched it.

Sep 16, 2019 08:16 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Yes, I had heard the story.  I seem to remember there was a TV show about it.  Thank you for sharing this story.  A

Sep 16, 2019 08:52 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- while I did not know his name, I did know of the boy in the bubble. 

Sep 16, 2019 10:57 AM #13
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

What a shame. But I bet that young man enjoyed every day he was on earth.

Sep 16, 2019 04:48 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Such a sad story, James. I never saw the movie but cetainly have heard of it.


Sep 17, 2019 06:32 AM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Such a sad way to die - and at such an early age too, James.

I have heard of it and of course, remember the Seinfeld 'Bubble Boy' episode too!

Sep 17, 2019 08:23 PM #16
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

If the unfortunate young man's body did not produce new blood cells and platelets, he must had be given many blood transfusions.

I wonder if medical science has found a cure?

Nov 25, 2019 01:58 PM #17
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