London- After winning a landmark court case shortly before her death, a 14-year old Briton who died of cancer has been cryogenically frozen in the hope she could be brought back to life in the future.
The girl’s divorced parents had disagreed over whether her wish to be frozen should be carried through, so the girl -who remains anonymous for legal reasons- asked a High Court judge to intervene.
In a heartbreaking letter to the court, she said: “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, known as JS, asked Justice Peter Jackson to rule that her mother, who supported her desire to be cryogenically preserved, should be the only person allowed to make decisions about the disposal of her body.
Shortly before her death in a London hospital in October, in what is believed to be a unique case, the judge granted JS her wish.
Her body was frozen and taken to a storage facility in the U.S.; she is one of only 10 Britons to have been frozen, and the only British child.
She told a relative: “I’m dying, but I’m going to come back again in 200 years.”
Notably, Cryonics is the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of those who have died of an incurable disease, in the hope of a future cure.
JS, who lived with her mother in London, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last year and by August this year she had been told her illness was terminal and active treatment came to an end.
She began researching cryonic preservation online – a controversial and costly process that involves the freezing of a dead body in the hope that resuscitation and
a cure may one day be possible – and decided she wanted to be frozen after her death.
Because she was too young to make a legally recognized will, she had to have the permission of both of her parents to sign up for the process.
When she contacted her father he said he was opposed to the idea, so JS began legal proceedings through a solicitor to ensure her wishes were followed.
JS’s parents could not afford to pay for the cryonic process, which costs an estimated £37,000, but her maternal grandparents raised the money needed for her body to be frozen and taken to a storage facility in America – one of only two countries, along with Russia, that has facilities for storing frozen bodies.