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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 -THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, October 2, 1974 v Toddler's life spent in plastic bubble I HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) Davis is a three-year-old who has never known a mother's kiss or the touch of a bare hu- man hand He lives in a plastic bubble, and doctors say there is no medical certainty he ever will live elsewhere. David suffers from a disease known as severe combined immune deficiency. His body has no immune defences against dis- ease. Even bacteria that most people can easily throw off might kill him. For three years he has breathed filtered air, has eaten sterile food and has been cuddled only by hands wearing big, black rubber gloves which extend through the wall of his bubble He was delivered by caesarean section Sept. and was placed immediately into a plastic-walled bubble. He has lived behind plastic and glass ever since. "It's only in the last month or six weeks that he's began to think about getting said Dr Davis Freedman, a professor of psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine. "I think that the next step is for him try- ing to remove himself from that room The whole question is: How long can you keep someone in a goldfish At the request of the boy's mother and father, hospital officials have declined to give the youngster's last name or identify his parents. They said he has one sister. Dr. Freedman says that so far David's physically, intellectually and gone well. The boy is brighter than most children his age, his language skills are advanced and "he already knows his Dr. Freedman said in an interview. He also is agile and strong. He jumps and climbs and plays ball inside his nine- by-seven-by-six-foot bubble with more skill than most three-year-olds. He sleeps in a tunnel-shaped annex to the bubble. David knows his mother and father, even though they've been only faces on the other side of a plastic wall, and responds, to them with affection. "David doesn't know there's other ways of expressing said Dr Murdina Desmond, a professor of pediatrics at Tex- as Children's Hospital. "It's been startling to me how much human feeling has gotten through that plastic "There hasn't been any skin-to-skin con- tact, but there's been lots of cuddling with the gloves." He goes home in a portable bubble and stays with his family every six weeks or so. He lives there in a grouping of bubbles. But for David, this no longer is enough. Dr. Freedman says the boy is beginning to bargain, in a three-year-old sort of way, for freedom from his plastic cage. Once, when he saw his father working, he said: 'You let me out of this bubble and I'll help you Another time, he told his mother: "When I get out of this bubble, I'll go with you to the kitchen." What the future holds is uncertain. "We definitely know what it holds if we don't do said Dr. John Mont- gomery, co-leader of the team caring for David. "We know what the future would be outside the bubble." David's condition occurs about once in every births. Death usually comes in about eight months. The bubble has protected David from that. Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Raphael Wilson, the other team leader, say the boy has only eight types of germs in his body, all apparently acquired from food. None are dangerous. What the doctors hope to do is to awaken David's natural immunity. Next week, they plan to try injections of a thymus ex- tract that has been used in research. Several other techniques also have been attempted. But Dr. Montgomery says: "We don't know anything at this time that holds promise of a permanent cure." "One possibility is that we will not have to do said Dr. Wilson. He said two German infants, held in isolation for two years, spontaneously developed im- munity. There is a possibility that David could some day leave the bubble in a special suit, similar to the space suit astronauts wore on the moon. Space scientists are ex- perimenting with such a suit for David. David picks out his own food from a sterile cupboard. The doctors say that sometimes his selections are as carrots and pudding for breakfast. The food is infant food in jars. He can have nothing that cannot be sterilized. This eliminates bread, fresh fruit and red meat I SOUTHMINSTER UCW will hold a Copying is an honor in Chinese art USED and USEABLE SALE Bamboo master speaks no English THURSDAY October 3rd to p.m. FRIDAY October 4th to a.m. CHURCH HALL 4th Avenue and 11th Street South There will be items of good small appliances, dishes, clothing, toys, jewellery plus many more. Everyone Welcome! VANCOUVER (CP) Ching Ku Chang, better known to the Chinese art world as the Bamboo Master, speaks no English but still manages to communicate the delicate art of Chinese painting and calligraphy to both oriental and occidental students. The 60-year-old former civil servant from Taiwan lives in Vancouver with his wife, daughter and son-in-law. The walls of his home are hung with examples of his art. Tranquil black and white por- traits of the Four the bamboo, the orchid, the plum, and the fan- tastic, half-real paintings of legendary Chinese religious figures Mr. Chang's sori-m-law, Robert, who is a forestry stu- dent at University of British Columbia, did translations and explained that his father- in-law arrived from Taiwan six months ago when he retired. Mr Chang's work has been exhibited in Chicago, Taipei Sears f Introducing Sans Soucis BONUS OFFER With a minimum S6.50 pur- chase of Sans Soucis Cosmetics you will receive a bonus of 1 5 oz. Tube of Special Camphor Mask. Sans Soucis is a complete line of "Natural" base cosmetics including Cleansing preparations. Day and Night creams, lobons. facial masks and most all make up preparations. HERBAL SERIES Smooths, refreshes dry sensitwe BALSAM OF HERBS 2 oz. o __ Each...................O.ZO CREAMMINOSA20Z Each JOHANN1SCREAM20Z. Each MOISTURE CREAMS Maintain your stan fresh and elastic ROSENMILCH 2 oz Each CREMEV220Z Each 7.95 13.50 Ann i Enjoy n now Use your All Purpose Account AJ Simpsons-Sears you get The finest guarantee Satisfaction or money refunded Store Hours Open Daily 9.30 a m to 5-30 p m Thursday and Fr-day 930am. JoSOOpm Centre Village Wlafl Telephone 328-9231 and Tokyo. Some members of the Asian Art society of Van- couver are studying with him. Robert Chang explained that copying is an honor in Chinese art Artists consider it a privilege to repeat the perfection of their ancestors. He says a bamboo is the most difficult to draw and is the closest to actual calligraphy "Chinese painting has taught me to really look at things for the first sajd Hilda Symes, a member of the Asian Art Society of Van- couver. "It makes us very critical of" Western artists. They tend to paint without really seeing, consequently they fall down on this attention to detail. "The Chinese say that you mustn't let the brush run away with you, that you must make it perform your ideas We find this very difficult, whereas the Chinese pupils who have used a brush in school seem to manage much better. Mr Chang's paintings include bamboo in all its natural states, bamboo in the rain, bamboo in the clear sky and bamboo in the snow which is a remarkable black painting leaving only the bamboo and calligraphy outlined in white Robert said Mr. Chang is one of the few artists who can paint bamboo in the of the most difficult. "The calligraphy is the empathy that he feels for the said Robert. "There is a saying 'the taller the bamboo grows, the lower she bends.' Mr. Chang feels such empathy for this most respected plant." "If there is any way he can pass on to others the art of Chinese painting, or our culture, then he will do it. For that he would die." Station hires girl announcer REGINA (CP) Kathy Most was "floored" when she was offered a full-time job as a radio announcer with CFMQ-FM radio last spring. Since then, the 17-year-old has taken a crash course in radio controls, learned how to cue records and play commer- cials on tape cartridges and familiarized herself with various types of music. Six nights a week, she works an evening shift that includes a mixture of classical, ethnic and easy listening music. Kathy, who completed a high school television and radio arts program last winter, said age is no barrier in her work Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Shopping for money Credit, used intelligently, can offer advantages but if it's misused, it can also create havoc with our lives. Only you can what is a necessity or a luxury in your life style... and what is worth the high price of credit. But if you have to borrow for whatever you need... or want look around. There are many places to go for a loan. You can finance most major purchases where you buy the goods through the store, or through a finance company, to whom the store defers its "loan Or you can deal directly with a finance company or a bank. The main thing is to shop for your loan just as you would for any other product or service. You can and should bargain, haggle and deal for your money and choose a lender who treats you like an individual (nota formula) and gives you the best deal. Don't let yourself be ripped off by falling for ex- travagant promises from money lenders. Some ads for loans are aimed at making you feel that you couldn't get a loan any where else If that's really true, look out... the interest rate may be killing. Take time to comparison shop. Most of us have borrow- ed money at some time, but few really know how to negotiate a loan. That's foreign to us. We're trained to think that money lenders are doing us a favor, whereas in reality we are keeping them in business The biggest single factor in a loan is the interest rate. Did you know that the interest you pay on a loan can vary from six per cent to 36 per cent? And even beyond that, if you get into the hands of a loan shark' And then there is the true rate of interest you pay, versus the quoted rate. You'd be surprised how few people really know the true rate of interest they are paying. Do you? How much? For example: One per cent a month doesn't sound like much but it is more than 12 per cent per year. And one and a half per cent each month (which is what most stores charge on overdue accounts and subtle form of credit) adds up to over 18 per cent a year as a TRUE rate of interest. On many life insurance policies, you can borrow for as little as six per cent per year (after all, it's your money you are simply borrowing it .back for a short period, while keeping your insurance coverage If you do not have a policy to borrow against, go to your Credit Union or your bank and then finance companies. As you go farther down the list, the interest rates generally go up. For most people, the main source ot loans is the bank. In the past, most banks offered very little advice on "shop- ping" for a loan- But the business is more competitive today and banks have to hustle for their share, so the attitude is changing. and will change even faster if you help it along by insisting on getting all the facts and the best possible deal for yourself. Don't be pressured or double talked into the standard, top rated "consumer loan if you believe your past history of repayments, your credit rating or your collateral qualify you for better treatment. Why shouldn't you get the best rate, if you have been a good customer, paid your bills and have a secure position? Don't be intimidated by the old, stuffy, money manager type, either. Try a few banks until you hit a progressive one. You'll meet a different breed of manager maybe even a woman. But no matter where you do business for your loan, make sure you clearly understand the rate of interest you are expected to pay. before you sign. Ask how "locked in" you'll be, how much you will be paying each year in dollars and cents and how much total interest over the entire period of the loan it may make you think twice about the AMOUNT you are borrowing or whether you should borrow at all! Another good thing to note, if you go to a finance company and if your loan is for less than they are allowed to charge only up to 24 per cent (only) but if the loan is for more than they can charge a higher rate of interest So some of them try to tempt you over the magic number, suggesting you should have a little more to "take care of the unexpected" or "group all of your bills into one payment so that they can jack up the ante. The "easy terms of a personal loan must be stated at the true rate which may go as high as 36 per cent And remember, lower monthly payments make for higher finance charges As a general rule the greater the risk a lender takes, the higher the interest he must charge. That's fair enough... but if you are reasonably well qualified, don't let them make you feel like a poor risk and charge you the highest rate before you have really gone out "shopping for Copyright 1974, Toronto Sun Syndicate AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE 3rd Ave. North 9 Montr POIIBUD Wackly Sponsored by The Moose Lodge Ho Children UMtor JMMaad to Ptoy-Ewyfaody LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REGULAR WED. NIGHT BINQO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES-DOOetElSoHEY CARDS MAMY EXTRAS This week's Jackpot in 54 Numbers 5 CARDS SI SI CMOS PAY DOUHE OOM PHIZE one under 76 years to play'_____________ Lenora Collett Hodgson and Rueban CoHeit of Taber will be honored on the occasion of their S5th and 80th birthdays by their families. Open house will be held at the home of Mr and Mrs Brian E. Coliett of 5206-51 Street. Taber on Satur- day, from 2 to 5 p m. FUR COAT TRADE-IN UP TO '125 TRADE- IN Effective Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 FOR YOUR OLD FUR COAT We reqwre: 18MUSKRATS 11 MOUTONS 14 PERSIANS 7 HUDSON SEALS 8 RACOONS for repairs to storage fur coate NEW YORK FUR DRESS SHOP 604 A 3 Avenue South Phone 327-3276 ;