Stella Dimoko Korkus.com: Teenager Wins Right To Be Cryogenically Frozen

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Teenager Wins Right To Be Cryogenically Frozen

A 14-year-old girl who said before dying of cancer that she wanted a chance to live longer has been allowed by the high court to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope that she can be brought back to life at a later time.



The court ruled that the teenager’s mother, who supported the girl’s wish to be cryogenically preserved, should be the only person allowed to make decisions about the disposal of her body. Her estranged father had initially opposed her wishes.

During the last months of her life, the teenager, who had a rare form of cancer, used the internet to investigate cryonics. Known only as JS, she sent a letter to the court: “I have been asked to explain why I want this unusual thing done. I’m only 14 years old and I don’t want to die, but I know I am going to. I think being cryo‐preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years’ time.


“I don’t want to be buried underground. 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.”

Following the ruling, in a case described by the judge as exceptional, the body of JS has now been preserved and transported from where she lived in London to the US, where it has been frozen “in perpetuity” by a commercial company at a cost of £37,000.

The girl’s parents are divorced. She had lived with her mother for most of her life and had had no face-to-face contact with her father since 2008. She resisted his attempts to get back in touch when he learnt of her illness in 2015.

The judge, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, ruled that nothing about the case should be reported while she was alive because media coverage would distress her. She was too ill to attend the court hearing but the judge visited her in hospital.

Jackson wrote: “I was moved by the valiant way in which she was facing her predicament. It is no surprise that this application is the only one of its kind to have come before the courts in this country, and probably anywhere else. It is an example of the new questions that science poses to the law, perhaps most of all to family law … No other parent has ever been put in [the] position [of JS’s father].”

He added: “A dispute about a parent being able to see his child after death would be momentous enough on its own if the case did not also raise the issue of cryonic preservation.”


Since the first preservation by freezing in the 1960s the process has been performed only a few hundred times. The body has to be prepared shortly after death, ideally within minutes. Arrangements then have to be made for the body to be transported by a registered funeral director.

“The scientific theory underlying cryonics is speculative and controversial, and there is considerable debate about its ethical implications,” Jackson said. “On the other hand, cryopreservation, the preservation of cells and tissues by freezing, is now a well-known process in certain branches of medicine, for example the preservation of sperm and embryos as part of fertility treatment. Cryonics is cryopreservation taken to its extreme.”


The judge said the girl’s family was not well off but that her mother’s parents had raised the money. A voluntary UK group of cryonics enthusiasts, who were not medically trained, had offered to help make arrangements.


Co-operation of a hospital was required. “This situation gives rise to serious legal and ethical issues for the hospital trust,” the judge observed, “which has to act within the law and has duties to its other patients and to its staff.”


The hospital trust in the case was willing to help although it stressed it was not endorsing cryonics. “On the contrary, all the professionals feel deep unease about it,” the judge said.


The Human Tissue Authority (HTA), which regulates organisations which remove, store and use human tissue, had been consulted but said it had no remit to intervene in such a case.

During the course of the 14-year-old’s case, the father changed his mind and told the court: “I respect the decisions [my daughter] is making. This is the last and only thing she has asked from me.”

A child cannot make a will and the court had to decide where the girl’s best interests lay. The judge concluded that allowing the mother to make a decision about her daughter would be in her best interests. The girl died peacefully knowing that her body would be frozen, the judge recorded.

The Department of Health said: “Cases such as this are rare. Although there are no current plans for legislative change in this area, this is an area we will continue to keep under review with the Human Tissue Authority.
From guardian.


Is this even possible?Is it not only God that can give life?How will they resurrect them?This is scary!


49 comments:

ukwu dimond said...

Is only God that can give life, let no human help God.

Default Smile said...

Adonbilivit😨😨😨😨😨


#I am a fruitful vine, I am a joyful mother of covenant children

Iphie dearie said...

This just reminded me of this telemundo series I got hooked to during my maternity leave "Aurora"
Shiii is IQ reducing.Lol

I wish the teenager the best.

Chilaka Christian said...

oyibo I dey fear una but its only that can give Life, Man U wan kill Arsenal oo

Anonymous said...

Oyibo people set.
Why didnt they just tell her they were going to do it to put her mind at rest and then bury her after she's gone.
Waste of resources. May she rip.

lovelace said...

The world is evolving, it is possible going by scientific exploration.

IRRATIONALPaul said...

Thats science for U, I doubted the process once... Buh after much Google, Wikipedia nd YouTube(research) i believed it...
Science nd Technology bends rules and Laws of nature(God)

Anonymous said...

I have faith in technology.

CherryCee said...

Lol....This was all over CNN yesterday.
The white man never cease to amaze me.
Just when you think you've heard the worst.
.....maybe God spoke to her...who knows?

Anonymous said...

There is no way that girl is coming back yobliev, even with the best technology and medical evolvement.

She is already dead , may she rest in peace

charitybino said...

I have of this before in medical Ethics class.

BeeVee Boo's Barny said...

Eyah

Anonymous said...

To life*

Justyswt said...

These people want to take the place of God or what?
Na wa.

Anonymous said...

This was the case of Aurora Ponce de Leon in "Aurora~"

Anonymous said...

You think the whites are like Africans who don't fulfill promises? smh...

Candy YumYum (MIND SO MILITARY) said...

until i see someone that came back to life after been frozen, then this is crap.

Edith Adeniyi said...

These should be Pakistanis or Hindus awkward beliefs.

Anonymous said...

Awolowos family talk more than that,last last dem bury baba.

Blackberry said...

But na God dey give scientist ideas.

Blackberry said...

You might be right cos I've not seen dem wake anyone successfully.

Kachi said...

Oyibo people always trying to play God

ILEOLA OMOSEKEJI said...

Yes iphie dearie am hooked on Dat series as well.it's now showing on Galaxy Tv Monday to Friday.

dabsditty said...

Hmmm,and if dey manage to resurrect her in future, will ppl relate normally with her knowing she just came from the world of the dead?

brownsugar said...

Sweetie if you like your body should be sowed, harvested and cultivated, you don kpai be say you don kpai! They should that money for better things
May God rest your soul

OlaGold (add up 58BF8F56 for 18-24k raw gold dust and bar) said...

Stella please follow this story and update us on it when she wakes up in the nearest future. Thanks in advance.

Cynhams Cakes & Pastries, Abuja. Home delivery. said...

She obviously watched too many movies. Real life is different. Anyway i wish her happy hibernation and safe resurrection and i pray God gives man the wisdom to find a cure for her ailment.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes! Dunno why I love this, but I do.

Cynhams Cakes & Pastries, Abuja. Home delivery. said...

The girls family will sue the hell out of the Government.
So long as her mother supported her decision, its okay. Her mum's consent is all the Government needs.

Loveme Jeje said...

Hmmmm na WA. I feel for her

Cynhams Cakes & Pastries, Abuja. Home delivery. said...

I like her bravery and desire to live.

Anonymous said...

I guess I love her faith. And I have learnt to never say never. I mean look at Trump. Maybe this technology will be active in 5050. Maybe before then, but who can tell?

Mrs I said...

This is strange, sad and pitiful.

Robyna Wenger said...

Like! If you are dead you are dead.

Anonymous said...

Science n Technology bends God?!! Some pple r just a waste!! You are not only irrational, u r also...... Let me leave u to God.

Adanne said...

Same question I asked, how will they resurrect her?if they can resurrect her why are they not raising the dead?

Empress Windy. said...

This is strange.

Bella D Chemist said...

Where is her soul? Let them be deceiving themselves she is dead whether buried or cremated. Nawa o

LUCILE COCONUT OIL ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

Ndi ocha oooo

Olaide Davies said...

Please stop it.Nothing can bend the rules of Almighty God.

Olaide Davies said...

I have faith in God.

Olaide Davies said...

She might just wake up as a zombie.

Ogundiji Oladayo Naomi said...

I don't believe she can come back to life until rapture comes. But i like the fact they granted her wish. May her soul rest in peace

Blossom said...

But has anyone ever 'resurrected' after being frozen? Just wondering how she got convinced about freezing. RIP to her.

Chidinma Grace said...

Ok let's wait n see!

Nana said...

Your soul nko why u preserve am..mtscheww

Daveen Laundry and Dry cleaning Services, Ajah, Lagos. 09072092853. Free pick up and delivery. said...

This sound strange and unachievable

Collin Emeka said...

If they can do it to animals first ... I really wouldn't mind it being done to me :D

Captain Nigeria the Freezing Soldier lol

Dewdrop said...

New research for me.

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