The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Questions and Answers
by Rebecca Skloot

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Describe the relationship between Deborah and her grandson Davon.

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Deborah Lacks was the fourth child of Henrietta Lacks, and Davon Meade was her grandson (making him Henrietta's great-grandson). Deborah was highly emotional and anxious, sometimes described as eccentric, and had many health issues. As an elderly woman, she was on constant medication (over 10 pills a day), and Davon lived with her 24/7 to assist her. He was loving and cared for his grandmother. The decision to live with her and care for her full-time came after she started sleeping at odd times. After taking certain medications (like Ambien), she would roam the house at odd times of the night and was at risk of hurting herself. The relationship was one of support and care, especially during Rebecca Skloot's research into Henrietta's history.

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