Henrietta Lacks Tragedy

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In the story, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, we learn of a family’s hardship through dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is a captivating view into a world that is filled with grief, but with this heartbreak comes groundbreaking scientific development that offers tremendous potential benefits for millions of others. The case of Henrietta Lacks is one of the most popular and interesting scientific cases in recent history for many different reasons. Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five children when only at age 31, she died of cervical cancer. To her immediate family and all that she knew this was a tragedy, but the closing of the door on her life opened up many more doors in the scientific world. A sample taken…show more content…
Often in the darkest time it is good to seek relief in the good of every situation. With the death of a Mother, Daughter, and contributing member in society, it may be hard to try and find any positivity to draw from. With the unfortunate and untimely death of Henrietta, came the opportunity of life to millions of others in society then, now, and for many years to come. The goal of medical research is to put society as a whole in a better place than it was at the day before. The use of HeLa cells in every developed country on the globe has made this objective much more achievable. The Lacks family led the way for the consent form being required for patients undergoing a medical procedure Although, there was no direct benefit to the family, raising many ethical considerations that must be…show more content…
There is very much controversy surrounding the case of the very popular Henrietta Lacks. One of the major implications on the situation that people have a problem with is the lack of consent obtained by Johns Hopkins University and the doctors involved. All though it was not common place as it is in today’s society, many feel that it was not ethical to perform medical procedures without the patient and their family being given all of the knowledge regarding the situation. The tissue sample taken by doctor Howard W. Jones was unbeknown to the family which violates the ethical respect for the person that should be held. A sample of someone’s DNA is not anything that should be taken lightly or regarded as unimportant. It should have been a decision made by Henrietta, and had she of known of the procedure she may have voted against donating to research. This lack of incorporating Henrietta and her family caused there to be a dismal amount of respect for persons shown by the University and all
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