The story of the Mi’kmaq boy “Lil G’ and his battle with the Bubble Boy disease

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Severe Combined Immune Deficiency

It’s an illness that affects one in every 69,000 children.

It’s also known as the “bubble boy” disease where children were forced to live inside a shield of plastic in order to stave off viruses.

Although children no longer need to live in bubbles, it’s still life threatening.

APTN’s Tom Fennario has the story of the Mi’kmaq boy they call “Lil G” and his battle with SCID.


Producer Nouvelles Nationales d'APTN / Montreal

Born and raised in Montreal, Tom cut his teeth working in community television in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory before joining APTN as a cameraman/editor in 2008. In 2015 he was promoted to Video Journalist. Since 2019 Tom has been a producer for the French weekly newscast Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN.

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