Girl, 14, who died of cancer cryogenically frozen, hopes to brought back to life

Girl, 14, who died of cancer cryogenically frozen, hopes to brought back to life
Published: 2016 November 20 09:00:34 (8386 Views)
A 14-year-old girl who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the hope that she can be "woken up" and cured in the future after winning a landmark court case in her final days.

The girl's divorced parents had disagreed over whether her wish to be frozen should be followed, so the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked a High Court judge to intervene.

Her grandparents sold a house to pay the bill – despite doubts about their grandchild's plan.

A family friend told how they offloaded land and property abroad to fund the £37,000 tab for keeping the 14-year-old at the Cryonics Institute in the US.

The girl won a High Court battle for the right to be frozen because her parents were at war over what to do after she succumbed to the rare form of bone cancer.

The friend said: "Her grandparents sold land and their house for this. They did not agree with it. They have worries of what will happen in 100 years, if it will work.

"They love their daughter and granddaughter, so they did it for them."

It was the schoolgirl's dying wish to be frozen in the hope a cure is found in the future. But while her mother supported her choice, her father – whom she had not seen in eight years – was against the move.

The teenager, who can only be identified as JS, went to court to resolve the issue. In a heartbreaking letter to the judge, she wrote: "I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance."

Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled in favour of JS shortly before she died last month. Her solicitor Zoe Fleetwood said JS was told the news in hospital and was so grateful she referred to the judge as Mr Hero.



She asked if he could visit so that she could thank him in person – and they met the next day.

The girl's remains were taken to the US and she now rests in storage at the cryonics centre in Michigan, along with 142 other patients. Her father has told of his heartbreak at not being allowed to say goodbye to her.

He and JS's mother split in 2002 and he went to court 10 times for access. She was six when he last saw her.

The father said: "My daughter didn't even know I have been so desperately trying to see her. I am so sad about it."

Of the possible future, he added: "Even if the treatment is successful and she is brought back to life in, let's say, 200 years, she may not find any relative and she might not remember things. She may be left in a desperate situation."

But when the case came to court he backed down, saying: "I respect the decisions she is making. This is the last and only thing she has asked from me."

The girl is now the first child in the UK to be frozen in the hope that future science means they will have another chance at life.

Since the technology was introduced in the 1960s, only three organisations – two in the US and one in Russia – have made it a commercial business.

More than 100 people have been cryopreserved since the first case in 1967 and over 1,000 have made legal and financial arrangements for it.

Cryonics is a belief that no one is really dead until the information content of the brain is lost and that low temperatures can prevent this.

There is no guarantee it will work as the technology is not yet developed enough – but people have the choice to try it and perhaps be brought back, or definitely die.



Source - Mirror

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