As year-old JS lay in hospital, waiting for her terminal cancer to claim her life, she found comfort, and hope, in the idea that science might help her to cheat death. After spending months online researching the theory of cryonics, the freezing of bodies in the hope that they could one day be brought back to life, JS made up her mind. Her mother agreed that being cryogenically frozen represented a chance to resume her life once science had found a cure for her cancer.
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H er father, however, saw cryonics as a lose-lose proposition. T he disagreement between mother and father forced JS, who as a minor needed the consent of both parents for the process to be carried out, to seek a court order determining her fate. Teetering between science fiction and science fact, cryonics is a leap of faith, relying entirely on future medical advances that may or may not happen.
J S, described by her teachers as caring, happy and friendly, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in August , and despite in-patient treatment at a London hospital, she was told her illness was terminal and in August this year her active treatment was stopped. There was, however, a problem. He was reluctant to agree. He was concerned about the moral and ethical implications of the process, and whether he could be pursued for payments at some point in the future despite living on benefits.
This is the last and only thing she has asked from me.
B ut he had one condition: The process involves replacing the blood with an anti-freeze fluid, slowly cooling the body to C, and then packing it in dry ice to be transported to a storage facility. To date, around people have been frozen since the process was invented in the s.
Around 20 bodies thawed out and had to be buried after a pioneer company went bust, but the Cryonics Institute and its rival, Arizona-based Alcor, have been storing bodies since the s. This is in fact the responsibility of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. The article has been amended to clarify the HTA's remit. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
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