By Lordson Okpetu
A terminally ill 14-year old British girl has won an historic legal case to have her body cryonically frozen and revived when science discovers the cure for cancer.
A British high court granted her wish shortly before she passed on in October. Her body has, therefore, been frozen and stored in a cryonic facility in the US.
The schoolgirl, aka JS, has been described as bright, young and intelligent. She was suffering from a rare form of cancer, and was too young to make a will. JS had to resort to a British high court when her parents became divided over her wish.
The terminally ill teenager told the High Court that being cryogenically preserved would give her “a chance to be cured and woken up”.
The judge agreed with JS’s mother, who supported the young daughter’s decision. The judge said the valiant way JS faced her predicament moved him. He said he was sure the girl has the mental capacity to launch a legal action.
After conducting an extensive research on Cryonics, JS made her case in the court. In her letter to the court, JS had written:
“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.”
JS remains has been prepared and ‘frozen in perpetuity’ at the Cryonics Institute in Michigan, United States. The facility houses about 100 people like her. Her remains is frozen at -193 degree Celsius (135F) at a cost of£37,000.
JS parents are not well to do, the maternal grandparents, however, raised the money to cover the cost.