My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is a book written about the struggles a family faces when put in a position of strife. The Book is structured around each family member’s individual account of what is going on past present and future around Kate’s medical issues. The book includes designer babies, stem cell research, cancer treatment, and family values. This book is an ideal read for a teenage audience because it has a little bit of everything in it

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The Main characters include, Parents Sara and Brain Fitzgerald and kids Jesse Kate and Anna Fitzgerald. Kate who is the second child suffers from a rare form of Cancer known as Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, APL for short. This is a cancer that affects the blood system. The Book goes in to details of the Diagnoses and when the oldest sibling is not a match for blood, marrow, and organ donation the parents turn to a child who is yet to be born. With the help of a geneticist the family picks out an embryo that is a perfect donor match for their daughter Kate. That means when Kate goes in to cancer relapse and needs blood, bone marrow, or an organ, the new child will be able to provide it with a very low probability that it will be rejected by Kate, or cause any further complications. The Fitzgerald’s life is discussed in detail, and when the medical procedures prove to be too much for Kate and her sister Anna, Anna Files a lawsuit against her parents, for medical emancipation. Anna goes to trial and eventually wins the case. She is now able to make her own decisions when it comes to being a donor for her sick sister. Anna ends up passing away at the end, and ultimately ends up being a donor for her sister for the last time.

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