Essay on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Life chapter summaries

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks summary

Chapter one

Chapter one is about when Henrietta lacks is in the Hopkins hospital explaining to the doctor that she has a lump. Henrietta had felt this lump for a long time but though it was because of her pregnancy of her 5th child. The gynecologist looks at her medical history; notices that Henrietta had a list of untreated medical problems. The chapter also explains the time of period it was in as it describes how they were segregated. They had they own section on the hospital for black people.

Chapter two

In this chapter it tells the early life of Henrietta how she was one of 10 kids. Her mother died when she was only 4 years old and her father could not take care of all 10
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As a result people though of research scientist as racist. Soon after Henrietta began her treatment George Gey had an interview on TV about the cancer cells he was working on. In the interview he never mentions who the cells belong to even though he was sending those cells to the scientist who were doing research on cancer cells.

Chapter eight Henrietta was sent home after her treatments and was told she was cured. Henrietta later on return many times complaining about pain, but she was always told that there was nothing wrong with her and sent her home. After many times of coming back and complaining they found a big tumor non operable tumor on her stomach. Henrietta was treated with more radiation to try to stop the growth of the tumor, but it did not help. Soon Henrietta was hospitalized and was kept on painkillers. Henrietta family visit her daily at the hospital. The doctors tried to get another sample of cells from Henrietta but they did not survived like the first ones.

Chapter nine

Rebecca the author is trying to get in contact with the lacks but they are ignoring her calls. So she decides to drive to Baltimore to look for them. She stays at the holiday inn hotel and tries to page sunny. After sunny ignoring her pagers she decides to look for the town where the lacks last know address was. She gets lost, drove in circle in front of the Henrietta museum not knowing that’s the place that she is looking for.

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