Henrietta’s husband and children wouldn’t find out about those cells until 25 years later, when researchers from Johns Hopkins decided to track down Henrietta’s family to do research on them to learn more about HeLa and have never been compensated.
When Henrietta’s children learned of HeLa, they were consumed with questions: Had scientists killed their mother to harvest her cells? Were clones of their mother walking the streets of cities around the world? And if Henrietta was so vital to medicine, why couldn’t they afford health insurance? – The Immortal Life of Henritta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot