Dying 14-Year-Old Girl Convinces Judge To Allow Her To Be Cryogenically Frozen In Hopes Of Being Cured Of Cancer
A dying 14-year-old girl had one last request – give her the opportunity to be cryogenically frozen and hopefully be brought back to life when there was a cure for her cancer that was killing her.
“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,” the British girl wrote to a judge before her recent death.
“I don’t want to die but I know I am going to…I want to live longer…I want to have this chance,” the girl wrote in the heartbreaking letter to a High Court judge in England. “Being cryopreserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up — even in hundreds of years’ time.”
“I don’t want to be buried underground,” she wrote at the end of her note. “I want to have this chance. This is my wish.”
Her distressing, yet hopeful words convinced High Court Judge Peter Jackson to grant her final wishes. The court ruling is being called the first case of its kind in England, and possibly even the world.
The 14-year-old, who was not named for legal reasons, won her landmark court case in her final days.
The girl’s parents, who are divorced, had disagreed over whether their daughter should be frozen. The mother favored her daughter to be preserved and the father initially was against it, but he changed his mind when he saw how much his dying daughter wanted the chance.
The judge said the girl had chosen the most basic preservation option which has a cost of about $46,000.
Humans being cryogenically preserved is an unproven procedure and many in the medical community doubt the legitimacy of it. However, many believe that humans can be frozen then brought back to life in the future when there are better medical advancements. As of 2014, approximately 250 people have been cryogenically preserved in the United States, and around 1500 more have signed up to be preserved.