London girl’s remains cryogenically preserved in Mich
Clinton Township — The remains of a 14-year-old London girl whose dying wish was to be cryogenically preserved with the hope of someday being brought back to life are being kept at the Michigan-based Cryonics Institute.
“It was her wish to be cryopreserved, and her wish was granted,” Andy Zawacki, facility manager at the Cryonics Institute in the Detroit suburb of Clinton Township, said Monday. It is one of three full-service cryonics facilities in the world. The others are in Arizona and Russia.
The unidentified girl’s remains were brought to the facility last month after a British High Court judge granted her wish. She died in mid-October after telling the court she hoped she could be woken after a cure for her cancer is found, even if that’s “in hundreds of years’ time.”
“I don’t want to be buried underground,” the girl wrote. “I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they might find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance. This is my wish.”
The matter ultimately was resolved in the Family Division of the court because the girl was a minor whose divorced parents did not agree on what should be done with her body. The girl’s father, who initially opposed the procedure that offered no evidence of success, eventually softened his stance as his daughter’s death neared and after she expressed her wishes in a heartfelt letter.
“The idea of freezing whole bodies and bringing them back to life has basically zero scientific support at this point,” said Hank Greely, a professor and director of the Stanford University Center for Law and the Biosciences.
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I heard the headlines but wasn't really paying attention until reading she's being stored in Macomb County. Welcome to Michigan! Hopefully someday, when you thaw out, you can enjoy our Great Lakes splendor!
This idea of being frozen until science advances is a fascinating notion. I've read that scientists are only 10 to 20 years out from the ability to hook a corpse up to a machine that pumps it full of warm green goo and stimulates electrical activity in the brain that essentially brings the dead back to life. The big question is the unchartered waters of living with the undead that has bio-ethicists, religious leaders, and zombie hunters concerned. If the soul has departed, what would manifest the earthly vessel? Would people never die, but 'live' a Frankenstein-type existence forever? Would the decision to freeze and unfreeze dead relatives be made by the living, and generations of aunts and uncles, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, etc would get thawed out to join in Thanksgiving dinners before getting put back in their freezers? Big questions that will have to get worked out in the coming decades.