Ok so Henrietta Lacks part three, defiantly the best and the worst. It started out talking about the lawsuits that were happening at the time like John Moore's liver in pages 199-201 which was really boring. However when it got to the part about Rebecca meeting the family and Deborah I couldn't stop reading. All the time that Rebecca spent talking to Deborah and Deborah still didn't trust her, that just shows the depth of the betrayal that others had done to the Lacks family. Then when Rebecca finally met Zakariyya at the assisted living facility Zakariyya was described nothing like I expected him to be. Then when Rebecca, Deborah, and Zakariyya visited Christopher Lengauer's to see the HeLa cells that was cool for them. Then Rebecca and Deborah did there road trip and Deborah and high blood pressure because of what she found out about Elsie. One thing that repeated throughout the novel was Lawrence wanted to sue Hopkins and I wish he would just let suing Hopkins go. I noticed the time difference between the 37th and 38th paragraphs and I wondered what was going to happen in the time difference. Chapter 37 ends with a congregation singing Rebecca's praises. Chapter 38 you find out that Clover has been destroyed, Day, Cootie, Gary are dead. Sonny then had to have surgery and woke up 125,000 dollars in debt, I think a couple international million dollar industries should pick up the check. Then the most devastating loss Deborah. Her death must have hit Rebecca hard after all they went through, the Lacks family had to be devastated as well. When Rebecca heard from Sonny it was sad but when the story talked about Sonny putting Deborah's hair in Henrietta's bible and her being there in a better place with Elsie and Henrietta, well if you didn't feel anything there your made of stone. Finally when they are watching the video's of Deborah and she says she wants to have cells like HeLa and help people, you finally see that she truly accepts the HeLa cells and even a stone had to feel soemthing ther
I have to admit that it ticks me off that her family is getting pretty much screwed. Lets see a billion dollar industry yet the family that deserves the credit can't afford health insurance. The book is really good and Rebecca Skloot did a marvelous job finding all the information and her investigations. Henrietta's family deserves better. I'm glad that for the most part they seem content with there life but it seems that the injustices once committed can't be paid for even though it can easily be afforded by those who have flourished off of HeLa cells. I really think that Henrietta's family is glad that Henrietta is still helping people. It is just so wrong, we remember people like Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini. Yet those who died and gave life saving cures to science are buried in unmarked and uncared for graves that is mentioned on page 121.
I have to say that I am disappointed by the respect shown to the Lack's family. Many people profited of Henrietta's cells and no respects have been payed to the family, no finical aid for the harassment they endured. That is just wrong. I find it touching that someone cared enough to dig for years to find the truth about Henrietta, especially with no reward or anything else. I also like that we learned about Henrietta's life not just her cells. She was a tough women, many people would complain about cancer or the treatment, yet she was extraordinary enough to endure all this and keep loving her children to the end. I find it extraordinary that one women's cells changed the face of medicine. Even more extraordinary that this was the one women's cells who would be immortal. We need to be thankful for all the cures that HeLa cells allowed us to discover and even more thankful that she died because of the cells that have saved lives. I have to say the most touching part of the story was either on page 66 were George Gey supposedly visited Henrietta and told her that her cells would help save lives, that or pages 83 & 84 where Emmett Lacks and his friends visited Henrietta in the hospital to donate blood and it describes how Henrettia helped them when they first showed up in the city.