Henrietta Lacks: The journey of her cells

Life

Henrietta is born

1920

Henrietta Lacks is born to Eliza and John Randall Pleasant in Roanoke, Virginia.

Henrietta marries David "Day" Lacks

1941

Day was the father of her first two children and was Henrietta's first cousin. Being first cousins cause their children to be some what deaf.

Henrietta moves to Turners Station

1941

Henrietta and her two children are moved to Turners Station, which is now in Maryland, because of her husbands work.

Henrietta dies in John Hopkins Hospital

1951

Henrietta dies eight months after she was first admited, at the age of 31.

Henrietta's doctor cuts part of her cervix

1951

Henrietta's doctor, Dr. George Gey, cuts off a piece of Henrietta's Cervix to examine without her consent.

Henrietta went to John Hopkins with troubles

January 29, 1951

Henrietta is addmitted to John Hopkins, claming she feels a knot in her stomach

Family

Henrietta's mother dies

1924

When Henrietta's mother dies, she is given to her grandfather, Tommy Lacks

Henrietta's first child, Lawrence, is born

1935

Lawrence was born when Henrietta was just 14 years old

Henrietta's second child, Elsie, is born

1939

Henrietta loved her daughter, even though she was different. She would not talk, only making chirping sounds.

Henrietta gives birth to David "Sonny" Jr

1947

Henrietta's third child is named David "Sonny" Jr

Henrietta gives birth to another daughter

1949

Her daughter Deborah is born.

Henrietta is forced to admit Elsie to a mental hospital

1949

Henrietta is forced to admit her daughter, Elsie, into the hospital for the Negro insane, and is devastated.

Henrietta gives birth to her last child, Joseph

1950

Henrietta gives birth to her last child, Joseph, who later changes his name to Zakariyya Bari Abdul Rahman when he converts to Islam

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