Saturday, 19 November 2016

A Bright 14 year old girl wins the right to be frozen after she dies

Knowing she only had weeks to live, a dying 14 year old schoolgirl, described as a “bright, intelligent young person”, desperately turned to cryogenics in the hope that one day, a cure would be found and she would be brought back to life. The teenager spent her last months fervently researching how she could be frozen until a cure is found for her rare form of cancer in the future.
As she ran out of time, her divorced parents were locked in a bitter battle about what to do with her remains after she died.

Due to her young age, she couldn't make a will, so she did the best thing to make sure her wish was carried out. The teenager went to court to protect her dying wish.
In a heartbreaking letter to the judge, she said that while she did not want to die, she had accepted her fate.

She wrote:
"I have been asked to explain why I want this unusual thing done.
I am only 14 years old and I don’t want to die but I know I am going to die.
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 may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up.
I want to have this chance.
This is my wish."
Presiding judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson said:
“She died peacefully in the knowledge her body would be preserved in the way she wished.” The mother, who lived with her child in London, supported her.  
After a battle in the High Court, her wish came true and she made British legal history.

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Source: LIB