Response #4 Chapters 23–30
In the earlier chapters we learned that Henrietta’s cells were being used for some very controversial human experimentation. Later new laws had been set in place that would impact in Henrietta’s case. Soon the world and the Lacks family found out about Henrietta’s cells. I haves some mixed feelings for the Lacks family finally finding out about the cells. I feel like now it will just open so many more doors filled with problems and questions for the family. The idea that the family asked, wondered and worried what had happened to their mother. That a man had to suffer through the pain of not really knowing what his wife went through, angers me. This family so unsure, neglected to the knowledge of others knowing their mother lived on. Then bombarded by questions, that they would not know the answers too.
These chapters are really a Journey with the reader finding out about Henrietta’s cells along side the family. Bobbette Lacks was the daughter in law that found the traces of her mother in-laws cells being grown. As all the confusion comes up, it really surprised me that it just so happened the doctors were trying to get in contact with the family. The doctors were looking for answers in a contamination study. This surprised me because so much was unknown. Scientist who contacted the family, brought up many unknown uses and inventions Henrietta’s cells were apart of. Like the fact she went into space, used to grow in labs and do different studies. Because the Lacks family never even knew about any of this. Investigators and the Lacks family were on such far apart levels of knowledge that there was nothing done at that time. There was a sense of sarcasm when Skloot included the part in the book that the scientist who contacted the family was a Chinese grad student. “Who didn’t have very good English”, I think this shows just how far off the spectrum of knowledge the Lacks family was. Their mother had made it to places with different languages and cultures, when they thought she had just made it to heaven in peace.
What really made these chapter interesting was Rebecca Skloot took the time to research other cases. In these other studies patients were tested or used for different examinations and test they did not agree to. The comparison of these cases to Henrietta show that even years after laws had been put in place to prevent similar things from happening these cases still continued. More specifically Skloot used the example of John Moore in his spleen case. A doctor by the name David Golde, a cancer researcher used his spleen without consent to develop the Mo cell line.
As an overall view of these chapter, we get the background life story of Rebecca Skloot and the Lacks family. We journey alongside Deborah Lacks and Rebecca Skloot while meeting other Lacks Family members. We journey to the first real encountering of HeLa cells for Ms. Skloot at the John Hopkins Hospital. We go through this journey with the Lacks family and there new findings, but as well experience the hardship of finding something out that is unbearable. I only hope for the last chapter in my book, there is rightful and peaceful closure for the family.