In the book, My sister’s keeper Anna dies in a car accident. Campbell suggests that Anna’s kidney should go to Kate. Anna’s kidney is transplanted and Kate survives the surgery. Though Anna dies , Kate believes that she lives on in her body. Many of us wouldn’t have read the book, My sister’s keeper. We have the summary of the book, however it is designed to have a different end than the book.
Anna, 13, is a designer baby, brought to life to give her elder sister Kate a chance to live. Her parents Sara and Brian have spent each moment of the last 13 years trying to keep Kate alive, as long as they can. Kate suffers from Leukemia, a disease that makes her parents forget that they have a son too, and Jesse is acutely aware of it.
So one day, Anna, 13, gets herself a lawyer and files a lawsuit to get medical emancipation from her parents. At birth, she donated her stem cells, at 5, her marrow and now she is being asked to donate a kidney. Sara cannot allow it, Brian is helpless and the tension in the family grows day by day. Anna is assigned a guardian ad litem, Julia, to weigh her interests and help the attorney come to a decision, but Julia finds herself with another challenge, of working with Campbell, the lawyer, who had abruptly left her after loving her dearly 16 years ago. Sara decides to represent the interests of Kate and the lawsuit ensues. Anna is removed from their home by Brian, the firefighter who also has to deal with a serial arsonist on the loose.
On one hand there is Kate, dying, and on the other, Anna who wants to stop living for her sister. Julia cannot decide. Should the healthy girl be given a chance to live a life of her own, or should the sick girl’s life be allowed to get defined by her illness? Julia finds out that Campbell left her 16 years ago because he had developed Epilepsy and did not want his illness to affect Julia’s destiny. Brian’s arsonist turns out to be Jesse, who being ignored all his life, sought refuge in putting empty buildings on fire.
Judge DeSalvo knows the pain of losing a daughter, he understands the fight Sara and Brian are putting up with just to see Kate alive for one more day. He rules in Favour of Sara, allowing her to take Anna’s kidney to keep Kate alive. While people are relieved, there is a pain on Anna’s face they cannot comprehend. When Kate receives the news, she is livid, she threatens to harm herself if anyone touches Anna. She cries and asks Sara why it wasn’t enough for her to disallow one of her children control over their own body that she wanted the same for Anna too. She reveals that the lawsuit was her idea and she was tired of hanging from a thread.
Six years later, Campbell and Julia carry their new born to Anna’s house where Anna is busy making dinner for everyone. Jesse had overdosed on drugs five years ago and Brian still works in the fire department. Sara resumed her job of a lawyer and is now known for being the hardest of them all. Kate does not talk to anyone anymore, but Anna still smiles, though frailly. Anna truly became her sister’s keeper. They are one half of each other now.
-Written by Anupriya