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My Sister's Keeper ()


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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.

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Anna Fitzgerald
Walter Raney ...
Pawn Shop Proprietor
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Kate Fitzgerald
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Sara Fitzgerald
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Aunt Kelly
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Brian Fitzgerald
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Jesse Fitzgerald
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Campbell Alexander
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Gloria (as Nicole Lenz)
Paul Butler ...
Jesse age 3 (as Paul Christopher Butler)
Olivia Hancock ...
Kate age 2
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Dr. Wayne
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Dr. Farquad
John DeRosa ...
EMT (as John De Rosa)
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EMT (as Marcos De La Cruz)
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Ellen
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Uncle Tommy (as Matt Barry)
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Uncle Tommy's Wife
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Uncle Pervis (as Mark M. Johnson)
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Dr. Nguyen
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Dr. Chance
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Nurse Susan (as E.G. Daily)
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Process Server
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Gus
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Harry
Olivia Jade Fine ...
Anna Age 6
Andrew Schaff ...
Nurse Stephen
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Jesse Age 10
Andrew Shack ...
Lawyer for Previous Case
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Gangbanger's Mom
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Judge De Salvo
Frank Peluso ...
Bailiff #2
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Gangbanger's Lawyer
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Gangbanger (as Paul Anthony Olguin)
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Bailiff Bert (as Big Al)
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De Salvo's Secretary
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Nurse Adele
Eric Cueto ...
Street Hustler
Lexi Kiana Ryan ...
Street Hustler (as Lexi Ryan)
Nina Barry ...
Miss Swearingen
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Taylor Ambrose
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Nurse Alice
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Saleswoman
Jonah Johnson ...
Lead Prom Singer
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Prom Guitarist
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Backup Prom Singer
Dylan Showalter ...
Prom Bass Player
Jarred Tibbetts ...
Prom Drummer
Precious Hanley ...
Mandy
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Dr. Chow
Jonathan Moonves ...
Percy Smith, Esquire (as Jon Moonves)
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Upscale Businessman (uncredited)
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Lawyer (uncredited)
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Transvestite (uncredited)
Lynn Clayton ...
The Dancer (uncredited)
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Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
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Club Goer (uncredited)
Lubella Gauna ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Tommy Gerrits ...
Nephew of Andromeda Anna Fitzgeraid (uncredited)
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EMT #3 (uncredited)
Keith Kraft ...
Paramedic (uncredited)
Sara Leon ...
Friend at School (uncredited)
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Family Member (uncredited)
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Court Clerk (uncredited)
Retson Ross ...
School Classmate (uncredited)
Tai ...
Elephant (uncredited)
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Bouncer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nick Cassavetes

Written by

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Jeremy Leven ... (screenplay) and
Nick Cassavetes ... (screenplay)
 
Jodi Picoult ... (novel)

Produced by

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Toby Emmerich ... executive producer
Merideth Finn ... executive producer
Griff Furst ... producer: Curmudgeon Films
Stephen Furst ... executive producer
Scott Goldman ... producer (as Scott L. Goldman)
Mark Johnson ... producer
Mark Kaufman ... executive producer
Chuck Pacheco ... producer
Diana Pokorny ... executive producer
Steven Posen ... co-producer
Hillary Sherman ... co-producer
Mendel Tropper ... executive producer

Music by

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Aaron Zigman

Cinematography by

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Caleb Deschanel ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jim Flynn
Alan Heim

Editorial Department

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Nic Angell ... digital intermediate producer
Mike Brosius ... digital intermediate producer
Valance Eisleben ... digital conform editor
Bruce Goodman ... colorist
Kevin Lefler ... first assistant editor
Monika Lind ... post-production assistant
Jim Passon ... color timer
Katie Pastore ... post-production coordinator
Mike Sowa ... digital intermediate colorist
Benj Thall ... trailer editor
Joel Steven ... telecine assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

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Matthew Barry
Nancy Green-Keyes

Production Design by

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Jon Hutman

Set Decoration by

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Maggie Martin

Costume Design by

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Shay Cunliffe

Makeup Department

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Amy Duskin ... key makeup artist: New York (as Amy Spiegel)
Robin Fredriksz ... makeup artist: Cameron Diaz
Erin Hicks ... key hair stylist: new york
Suzanne Kontonickas ... department head hair stylist: Montana secont unit
Eryn Krueger Mekash ... makeup department head (as Eryn Krueger)
Natasha Ladek ... wig maker: Sofia Vassileva
Kelley Mitchell ... makeup artist
Bunny Parker ... hair department head
Tena Parker ... assistant head hair stylist (as Tena Parker-Baker)
Laurie Smith ... contact lens technician
Christien Tinsley ... special effects makeup
Alicia M. Tripi ... hair stylist
Lona Vigi ... hair stylist: Cameron Diaz
Jay Wejebe ... key makeup artist
Hiroshi Yada ... special makeup effects crew: Tinsley Transfers inc.
Susan Zietlow-Maust ... key hair stylist
Judy Staats ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Erik Holmberg ... executive in charge of production
Nancy Kirhoffer ... post-production supervisor
Michelle Morrissey ... production manager
Lyn Pinezich ... unit production manager: Second Unit
Diana Pokorny ... unit production manager
Rick Reynolds ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bac DeLorme ... key second assistant director
Peter Dress ... second assistant director: Montana
Kathleen E. Kearney ... second assistant director: New York
Rich Ceraulo Ko ... segment director (as Rich Ceraulo)
Jonathan McGarry ... first assistant director
Taylor Phillips ... second second assistant director
Paul Schmitz ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Claudia Bonfe ... set dressing buyer
Brian Bull ... on set dresser
Jason T. Clark ... art department assistant
David Corral ... greensman
James M. Davis ... general forman
Maureen Farley ... property master
Gregory P. Fuller ... toolman
John P. Goldsmith ... assistant art director
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese ... key props/set dressing: New York b-unit
Greg Knapp ... construction medic
Kim Larsen-Santini ... props
David R. Lawson ... construction medic
Ronnie Lombard ... greensman
Larry Misselhorn ... head greensman
Jeff Passanante ... construction coordinator
David C. Potter ... leadman
Charlotte Raybourn ... art department coordinator
Graham Robertson ... set dresser
Kenneth Sayers ... set dresser
Scott Schutzki ... set dresser
Mark Sparks ... propmaker foreman
Richard Blake Wester ... set dressing gang boss
Ethan Goodwin ... additional buyer (uncredited)
Corinne Wedlake ... art department intern (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Wade Barnett ... adr recordist
Kelly Cabral ... supervising sound editor
Steve Cantamessa ... sound mixer
Melissa A. Corns ... sound effects editor
Rich Crescenti ... adr recordist
Dominique Decaudain ... foley artist (as Dominique Tadach)
David Lee Fein ... foley artist
Eric Flickinger ... digital sound mix technician
Doug Hemphill ... re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Hilda Hodges ... foley artist
David Jobe ... foley artist / foley mixer
Elizabeth Kenton ... adr editor
Scott La Rue ... boom operator
Travis MacKay ... adr recordist
Nancy MacLeod ... sound editor
Mark Messick ... sound effects editor
Jason Oliver ... adr recordist
Aynee Osborn ... dialogue editor
Jan Petrov ... adr recordist
Gary Thomas ... boom operator
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Frank Verderosa ... adr recordist

Special Effects by

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Charles Cooley ... special effects technician
Robert Garrigus ... pyrotechnician
Tom Seymour ... special effects technician
Sandra Stewart ... special effects technician
J.D. Streett ... special effects coordinator

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Daphne Apellanes-Ackerson ... compositor: Matte World Digital
Mandy Arnold ... digital restoration artist
Craig Barron ... visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
Heather Dennis ... titles coordinator
Garrett Fry ... digital matte painter
Jaymie Lam ... compositor: Matte World Digital
Josh Mossotti ... visual effects artist
Michael S. Pryor ... visual effects producer: Laser Pacific
Lauren Ritchie ... executive in charge of visual effects
Jason Wilson ... visual effects artist
Michael Honrada ... roto artist: Matte World Digital (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gary Baxley ... stunts
Eddie Braun ... stunt coordinator
Dan Brown ... stunts
Cody Gill ... stunt performer
Sean Graham ... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. ... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunts
Pat Romano ... stunts
Russell Solberg ... stunts
Ed McDermott II ... precision driver (uncredited)
Pat Romano ... stunt rigger (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sidney Ray Baldwin ... still photographer
James Barrett ... rigging gaffer
Ron Batzdorff ... still photographer
Michael S. Beckman ... lighting technician
Salim Bensrhir ... electrician (as Salim Benshir)
Erik Bernstein ... best boy electric
Lauren Blair ... rigging electrician (as Lauren Fitton)
Brad Boyer ... best boy grip
Robin Bursey ... film loader
Colin J. Campbell ... gaffer
Chad Cohlmia ... electrician
David C. Darrow ... grip
Collin Davis ... camera operator: second unit
Jerry C. Deats ... key grip
Alan R. Disler ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Nathan Dean Fetzer ... electrician
Brandon Flohr ... grip
Matt Floyd ... rigging grip
J.P. Gabriel ... gaffer: Montana
James Gembala ... rigging electrician
Christopher Glasgow ... dolly grip
Timothy Hale ... grip
Brian Heller ... aerial cinematographer
Gembala James ... rigging electrician
Lee Jordan ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jacques Jouffret ... steadicam operator
Kris Krosskove ... camera operator
Beau Lambert ... lighting technician
Michael L. Lewin ... rigging grip
Kim Marks ... camera operator: "a" camera
Pat O'Mara ... grip
Dustin Penrod ... set lighting technician
Scott Andrew Ressler ... camera operator: "b" camera
Ron Santoyo ... grip
Giorgio Scali ... director of photography: second unit
Jay Sheveck ... libra technician
Sean Smith ... lighting technician
Tommy Tieche ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Diana Ulzheimer ... camera intern
Michael Woodside ... lighting technician
Vince Young ... lighting technician

Casting Department

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Judy Cook ... casting associate
Tracy Dixon ... extras casting
David Kramer ... extras casting
Ryan Preimesberger ... casting intern
David Zahedian ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Yulia Gershenzon ... costumer: Cameron Diaz
Alyssa Kim ... set costumer
Jason M. Moore ... set costumer
Katie Saunders ... costume supervisor
Donna R. Schultz ... key costumer
Jennifer Day Young ... costumer

Location Management

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Lori A. Balton ... location scout
Michael Betz ... key assistant location manager: second unit
Kandice Billingsley ... key assistant location manager
Josh Burns ... key assistant location manager
Stephenson Crossley ... key assistant location manager
Mark A. Freid ... key assistant location manager
Kevin Funston ... location scout
Rony Shino ... key assistant location manager
Jamie Vermilye ... location assistant
Kristan Wagner ... location manager

Music Department

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George Doering ... musician
Nick Fevola ... music preparation
Paul S. Henning ... musician: violin
Steve Juliani ... music preparation
Emily C. Kwong ... assistant music editor (as Emily H. Cummins)
Michael J. Lloyd ... music preparation
Peter Rotter ... orchestra contractor
Angie Rubin ... music editor
Dennis S. Sands ... music scoring mixer
Erin Scully ... music executive
Michael Stern ... music recording engineer: additional score mixer
Jesse Voccia ... electronic music programmer

Transportation Department

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Myleen Chapin ... transportation office coordinator
Michael Coady ... transportation co-captain
Christopher DiMarco ... transportation
Timothy 'Toes' Erwin ... transportation coordinator
Timothy Flynn ... driver
Robert Gaskill ... driver
John L. Grissom ... driver
Richard Lengel ... driver
Brett Miller ... transportation captain
Jim Oge Jr. ... driver
Mike Painter ... transportation
Jesse Parton ... driver
Frank Porras ... transportation co-captain
Brian Steagall ... transportation
Allen Strockbine ... driver: production van
Tom Thompson ... driver
Jon White ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Rachel Aberly ... unit publicist
Ahmet Ahmet ... head titles designer
Spencer Andrews ... stand in: Thomas Dekker (as Spencer Jambor) / stand-in: Evan Ellingson (as Spencer Jambor)
John Ansotegui ... liaison: second unit
Laura Bagano ... key craft service
Dana Belcastro ... production executive
Patrick Bentley ... assistant: Abigail Breslin
Ben Betts ... video/computer playback operator
Catherine Burt ... assistant: Cameron Diaz
Cecilia Cardwell ... studio teacher: Abigail Breslin
Mark Ceryak ... assistant: Mr. Johnson
David Chiu ... production assistant
Brian Clark ... rigging medic
Stephen Clarke ... set production assistant
Paddy Connor ... production assistant
Alissa Dean ... segment producer
Terry Edinger ... production accountant
Louis Farah Jr. ... medic
Heather Fielding ... studio teacher
Jeremy Gilbreath ... production assistant
Emily Glatter ... supervising production coordinator
Jane Goldsmith ... script supervisor
Casey Green ... video/computer playback operator
Ali Griffith ... assistant production coordinator: additional
Thomas L. Gunderson ... animal trainer (as Thomas Gunderson)
Lindsay Heller ... production assistant
Courtney Hess ... production assistant
Jason Huberman ... sr. estimator
Meredith Humbracht ... production coordinator
Grant Kirkpatrick ... production assistant
David R. Lawson ... medic
Alex Lee ... additional production assistant
Cary Sato Lee ... craft service
Teresa Jolene Lee ... set production assistant
Hiromi Marder ... payroll accountant
Thomas Markoff ... journal production assistant
Marybeth Martin-Eck ... first assistant accountant
Kim Meredith ... nurse advisor
Cristie Miele ... animal trainer
Keri Moorhouse ... assistant production coordinator / assistant: Jason Patric
Rusty Nye ... assistant: Sofia Vassilieva
Carrie A. Oyer ... assistant production coordinator: travel
Frank Peluso ... assistant: Mr. Cassavetes
Vicky Pezza ... additional set production assistant
Amanda J. Powderly ... accounting clerk
Joshua Ravetch ... production resources
Mark Romanelli ... key set production assistant
Brandon Schiffman ... set production assistant
Shawn Schminke ... office production assistant
Romy Schneider ... contract administrator
Craig Schoenfeld ... studio teacher
Kerri Smeltzer ... assistant: Mr. Pokorny / production coordinator: additional photography
K.D. Smith ... production accounting
Gene Starzenski ... medic
Joe Steele ... production resources
Julian Tyler ... production assistant
Madison R. Wells ... stand-in: Cameron Diaz
Jen Willis ... production assistant
Lucy Winn ... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Mike Doto ... production manager: titles (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Ma vie pour la tienne (France)
  • Beim Leben meiner Schwester (Germany)
  • La decisión de Anne (Spain)
  • La decisión más difícil (Peru)
  • La decisión más difícil (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Box Office

Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,442,212, 28 Jun 2009
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $95,714,875

Did You Know?

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Trivia Sofia Vassilieva shaved her hair and eyebrows off in order to play Kate Fitzgerald. She described it as being the least she could do to understand Kate's pain. Because she was filming both this movie and the TV show Medium (2005), her hair on the show was a wig. See more »
Goofs At one point in the movie, instead of being called by the fictional name Kate, she is called by her actual name, Sofia. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Year One/Whatever Works/The Proposal (2009). See more »
Soundtracks Tiny Bubbles See more »
Quotes [first lines]
Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald: When I was a kid, my mother told me that I was a little piece of blue sky that came into this world because she and Dad loved me so much. It was only later that I realized that it wasn't exactly true. Most babies are coincidences. I mean, up in space you've got all these souls flying around looking for bodies to live in. Then, down here on Earth, two people have sex or whatever, and bam, coincidence. Sure, you hear all these stories about how everyone plans these perfect families. But the truth is that most babies are products of drunken evenings and lack of birth control. They're accidents. Only people who have trouble making babies actually plan for them.
Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald: I, on the other hand, am not a coincidence. I was engineered. Born for a particular reason. A scientist hooked up my mother's eggs and my father's sperm to make a specific combination of genes. He did it to save my sister's life. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if Kate had been healthy. I'd probably still be up in heaven or wherever, waiting to be attached to a body down here on Earth. But coincidence or not, I'm here.
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