But both Ethel and Galen were abusive to the children, and they all suffered horrendously at the hands of their relatives. He asked her last name and excitedly asked her if she was related to Henrietta Lacks.
Pretty soon, researchers from Johns Hopkins were calling the family to get permission to draw their blood. She died at the age of 31, leaving behind a husband and five young children. Joe grew up to be violent and unstable, and spent years in prison for murdering a guy who had threatened him.
Deborah knew very little about her mother and sister and had a lot of anxiety about this. He told her about HeLa and Bobbette ran to tell the family that part of Henrietta was still alive. This was particularly bad for the Lackses on two levels: She was diagnosed with cervical cancer and treated with radium and x-ray therapy.
She also promises to help her find out the truth about Elsie and her fate. Joe was beaten and isolated from the rest of the family, while Deborah was sexually molested by Galen. But she also does something much more: Thirty year-Henrietta Lacks sought help in at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for what she called a "knot" on her cervix.
In order to do this, scientists needed to find genetic markers in HeLa cells that would help them definitively identify the cell so they could keep other cell lines separate. Deborah still had to fight off Galen and ultimately found herself in an abusive marriage at a young age.
Apparently, HeLa cells were so prolific that they had begun contaminating other cell lines all over the world. She also suffered from epilepsy. When oldest brother Lawrence moved in with his girlfriend Bobbette, she insisted that they take in his younger siblings.
But the damage was done.
They had to focus on Henrietta, whose cancer cells spread as rapidly through her body as they did in the lab. Neither Henrietta nor any of her family members knew about the tissue sample—and neither Gey nor Hopkins ever informed them.
Now they had to be contained. Her husband, David "Day" Lacks allowed a cousin and his wife to move into their house to take care of the children.
Deborah and Joe suffered the most: During her teenage years, Deborah learned about the existence of an older sister, Elsie, who was institutionalized and died at Crownsville Hospital for the Negro Insane.Skloot's debut book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly became a New York Times bestseller.
It was chosen as a best book of by more than sixty media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, People, and the New York Times/5(K). Summary - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: By Rebecca Skloot - A Full Book Summary (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: A Full Book Summary - Book, Paperback, Hardcover, Summary 1) Nov 5, by Instant-Summary.
Science writer Rebecca Skloot has always been obsessed with Henrietta Lacks, the African-American woman whose cancer cells were harvested and used to create an immortal cell line for scientific experimentation. Because there isn't much information about Henrietta and her family, Skloot wants to tell.
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