London - A terminally ill 14-year-old girl in UK court enforced the right to have her body frozen after she died in the vague hope of later resuscitation and healing.
Meanwhile, on Girls who died as result of their cancer had appealed to the High Court because the divorced parents were at odds: the mother was for the cold preservation, the father was initially against it. As has now become known, shortly before the girl's death in mid-October, the court came to the conclusion that the mother should decide on the preservation.
“The mother is in the best position to treat this unusual and difficult situation to cope with ”, it says in the judgment published today. The girl's body was brought to the United States for cryopreservation shortly after her death, reported the BBC - the broadcaster spoke of “historic legal battle”. The decision was only allowed to become public now - one month after the 14-year-old's death.
"I want to live (...), and I think that there will be cure for my cancer in the future and they will wake me up," the 14-year-old appealed according to the court in letter. The cryonics method known as cryopreservation gives it chance to survive - "and if that is in hundreds of years".
The presiding judge Peter Jackson expressly emphasized that the verdict was essentially family dispute and not decision for or against cold preservation. The judge left open “whether the cryonics conservation is scientifically valid or not”.
The body temperature is reduced to minus 130 degrees. According to the court, the method, which has been known since the 1960s, is used exclusively in the USA and Russia. The costs would be around 43,000 euros, which was raised by the mother's parents, according to the judgment.