The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks Essay

1016 Words Apr 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Having immortal cells means that they do not die like an average human’s cells. Immortal cells can live outside of the human body, along with duplicating and multiplying outside too. This woman’s cells were a vital sign that science would soon be changed forever. The woman we are talking about died while her and her family lived in poverty, and after her death her survivors lived in poverty. This is the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks, age 31 at death, was a woman who has greatly impacted science. She had a tumor that had taken over her entire body, organ by organ, starting with her cervix. Prior to her death, she did not know that her doctor had extracted some of the tumor’s cells. While she changed the future of medicine, she left her five children without a mother. Rebecca Skloot felt like the world needed to know about Henrietta Lacks so one could be informed of what happened before her death, how she affected science, and what her family had to go through. Skloot also wanted to persuade the readers that what happened to Henrietta and the rest of the Lacks’ family was not ethical, or morally right. Henrietta Lacks was born on August 1, 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia, and died on October 4, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 31. Henrietta had five children. After her fifth and final child was born, her womb would become the source of modern medicine. When doctors took the HeLa cells, they kept reproducing continuously and would not stop. HeLa cells…

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