News 20 November 2016
Author: Trudy Barry

A London teen won a court case to be cryogenically frozen

Author Trudy Barry
20 November 2016

A 14-year-old girl from London won a historic court case to be cryogenically frozen before she passed away last month. 

The girl, who cannot be name for legal reasons, began researching alternate methods when she realised her cancer was terminal. She discovered the possibilities of being cryogenically frozen and decided that was the method for her.

After a court case in which the girl was supported by her mother and not her father and considering the girl had not had any contact with her father in six years, a judge agreed that the mother should have final say over what happens to her daughter’s body. She is the youngest person to ever be cryogenically frozen.

In a passionate plea to the judge, the girl wrote the following letter:

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 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… 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.

It’s worth noting that there is currently no process to revive a body once it has been frozen, the method is merely for preserving bodies, and considering the girl had already passed when she was frozen, it’s anyone’s guess when and if they’ll ever be able to bring her back. But it’s nice to dream.