Characters In My Sister's Keeper By Kate Fitzgerald

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My Sister 's Keeper
A family can experience a large amount pain when one is hurt. A family will experience a large amount of pain especially one the hurt is caused by a health sickness that cannot be cured. That 's what happened in the novel "My Sister 's Keeper". Kate Fitzgerald, the middle child, at the age of two years old was diagnose at a young age with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Acute promyelocytic is define as cancer of the white blood cells. (Google) Her sister Anna Fitzgerald was conceived by means of in vitro fertilization. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a complex series of procedures used to treat fertility or genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child. During IVF, mature eggs are collected (retrieved) from your
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Anissa Ayala was diagnosed with leukemia at age 16, and as a result her parents chose to conceive another child, hoping she would eventually be a matching donor. In the real-life case, Anissa was a match for her sister, and when she was just over a year old, she provided Marissa with a transplant that has kept the elder sister 's cancer in remission since 1992. In Picoult 's novel, Sara and Brian Fitzgerald decide to conceive Anna in the hope that she will be a matching donor for Kate. They actively use genetic technology to select the best embryo to match Kate 's needs. As Anna explains, "I was born for a very specific purpose. [...] I was born because a scientist managed to hook up my mother 's eggs and my father 's sperm to create a specific combination of precious genetic material". The first transplant, taken from Anna 's umbilical cord, puts Kate 's cancer into remission for five years, but on Kate 's eighth birthday, Sara notices a bruise--marking the return of leukemia. From that point on, Anna becomes a regular donor for her sister: from lymphocytes to granulocytes and bone marrow, then stem cells, blood transfusions, and finally to the question of the kidney transplant.” (Jarman) My Sister’s Keeper, reflects the life of a family and how a death sentence slowly split the family members apart. The idea of having an in vitro child be subject to numerous operations to aid her dying sister, made the novel so intriguing and different from many others. The plot of this novel was unexpected and completely unpredictable. Overall the novel was great because it excelled in every aspect and most certainly because it was emotionally appealing to the

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