Anna Fitzgerald's older sister, Kate, suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemiaa blood and bone marrow cancer. Anna was born as a savior sister specifically so she could save Kate's life. At first it is successful, but the cancer continues to relapse throughout Kate's life.
Anna petitions for medical emancipation with the help of lawyer Campbell Alexander, so she will be able to make her own decisions regarding her medical treatment and the donation of her kidney.
This is done on the advice of Julia Romano, the court-appointed guardian ad litem whose job it is to decide what would be best for Anna. Julia was once romantically involved with Campbell when they went to high school together, but Campbell broke her heart when he left her.
Unbeknownst to Julia, Campbell left her because he discovered he had epilepsy and thought she deserved better. He is a self-confessed juvenile delinquentwhich leads to their father Brian eventually confronting Jesse for his behavior. During the trial, it is revealed that Kate originally asked Anna to sue for emancipation because Kate did not want Anna to have to donate her kidney now that Kate has been ready to die, but their mom Sara cannot seem to understand that she later comes to terms when Anna tells herand because Kate believes she will die anyway.
However, as Campbell drives her home after the trial, their car is hit by a pick-up. She goes into cardiac arrest and is revived.
Both she and Campbell are rushed to the hospital. At the hospital, the doctor informs Sara and Brian that Anna is brain-dead and asks them if they have considered organ donation.
An injured Campbell steps in and declares that he has the power of attorney and that "there is a girl upstairs who needs that kidney.
Kate survives the surgery and remains in remission. Jesse has reformed and graduates from the police academy, despite his criminal record. Characters[ edit ] Kate Fitzgerald, a frail teenage girl who was diagnosed with acute leukemia at a young age. She is the older sister of Anna, and the middle child out of all three Fitzgerald siblings.
She sometimes finds all the attention on her stifling. One of the few times she experiences being a typical teenaged girl is when she dates, and has her first kiss with, a boy named Taylor, whom she meets at the hospital while undergoing chemotherapy.
Kate also supports the feelings of her younger sister, Anna, and is thankful for the bodily donations Anna has been made to give her throughout her lifetime. Anna Fitzgerald, a girl who was scientifically engineered in order to be a " savior sibling " to her elder sister, and who therefore repeatedly has to donate blood, marrow, and eventually an organ, to her.
She is thirteen years old at the time the novel takes place, and seeks to be medically emancipated from her parents, so that she does not have to donate anything to Kate, namely a kidney, against her will, and would thereon have the rights to her own body.
She is the main protagonist of the novel.
Jesse Fitzgerald, the oldest child, who is dyslexic. Throughout most of the novel, he is a delinquent teenager, but, in young adulthood, after coming to terms with his inner emotions, he goes on to become a police officer, and is no longer rebellious, or desperate for attention, as he was in his teen years.
Sara Fitzgerald, the overprotective and domineering " helicopter mom " of Kate, Anna, and Jesse. She tries her hardest to keep her oldest, ill, daughter alive and well, and refuses to accept the idea that she is dying. He also shows concern for his son, and is the one to confront him about his troubling behavior.
Julia Romano, the court-appointed, guardian ad litemwhose job it is to decide what is best for Anna. She also often advises Anna regarding medical emancipation. Campbell Alexander, a lawyer who defends Anna as she tries to become medically emancipated from her parents.
He believes that she should have control over her own body, and eventually obtains medical power of attorney over her, when she wins her case.The My Sister’s Keeper Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you.
In the book, the judge is a man, in the film it’s a woman. Some quotes from the book are in the film too, but spoken by another person. Sara had dark hair in the book and blond in the movie. My Sister’s Keeper is a poignant, uplifting, emotional, sad, triumphant, passionate, heartwrenching and extremely powerful story about the Fitzgeralds, a family united in their love for each other but divided on exactly where the boundaries of family obligations, love and sacrifice should end.
But it is, ultimately, a story of two sisters. My Sister's Keeper is a novel written by Jodi caninariojana.com tells the story of thirteen-year-old Anna Fitzgerald, who sues her parents for medical emancipation when she discovers she was supposed to donate a kidney to her elder sister Kate, who is gradually dying from acute leukemia.
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