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Henrietta Lacks August 1,1920 - October 4, 1951

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Madelyn Santana

on 28 February 2014

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Transcript of Henrietta Lacks August 1,1920 - October 4, 1951

Henrietta Lacks was born on
August 1, 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia
Early Life
Henrietta Lack's Production
Henrietta’s mother died giving birth to her tenth child in 1924 when she was only 4 years old. Her father was unable to raise all 10 children, so he sent Henrietta to leave with her grandfather in Clover, Virginia.

In 1935, Henrietta had her first son with her childhood friend David. In 1941, they married, moved to Maryland and ended up having 5 children together.
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer on October 4, 1951 at the age of 31. Even though she died, Henrietta Lacks cells continued to thrive unlike other cells that only survive a few days.
Death
Dr. George Otto Gey was able to isolate and multiply one of her cells to create a cell line.
Dr. Gey decided to name this new cell line -
HeLa
cells, after Henrietta Lack. Her cells were cloned in 1955 for extended research and were shipped to different doctors all around the world.
The Lacks family only learned of the existence of the
HeLa
cells in the 1970’s. Twenty years later! Her family never received any compensation for any research based on Henrietta’s cell.

Henrietta’s cell was the key to unlocking many medical mysteries. Her cells helped make the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning and figuring out gene mapping. We had major advancements in the medical field because of Henrietta’s cells.
Legacy
On January 29, 1951, Henrietta went to John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore, Maryland complaining of abnormal bleeding in her belly. She was soon diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Diagnosis
What is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is found in the cervix, which is the narrow, lower part of the uterus – at the bottom part of a woman’s belly.
During Henrietta’s treatment doctors removed two cell samples without her knowledge.
Thank You Henrietta Lack!!!!
After Death
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