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Do you agree with Cryogenic Preservation?

This week it was announced that a very brave 14 year old girl who had terminal cancer had won her historic legal fight just before her death to be cryogenically preserved in the hope that in the future she can be resuscitated and her cancer cured. 

Cryonics is a process of freezing the human body down to -190 degrees in the hope that future generations will have the technology to resuscitate the person.

She sent the Judge, Peter Jackson a letter requesting that she be cryogenically preserved and after reading it and meeting her, he agreed with her final wish.

The girl’s divorced parents had disagreed over whether her wish to be frozen should be followed, so the girl, who cannot be named 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.”

What are your views? Is cryogenic preservation something you would consider? Do you think being cryogenically preserved is a good idea and ethical or is it science fiction? Would you want to reappear in the world at a later point in time?

Do you agree with Cryogenic Preservation?

315 people have already voted, what's your opinion? Yes I think cryogenics is a good idea No Cryogenics is a science fiction

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Kazzaj
1st Mar 2017
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I suppose the young girl only 14 sees the world differently to us older generation. Having a colour tv or mobile phone was unthinkable not so long ago so who knows. For me I wouldn't want to come back sounds a bit science fiction to me though
Mary1949
25th Feb 2017
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Since nobody has yet been "brought back" there's no way of knowing if the brain will survive this method of preservation. I think once around the block will be enough for me!
Yodama
23rd Jan 2017
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If this bleep freezing weather continues, I may be in cryogenic incarceration for months on end.
cloudless13
24th Dec 2016
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People have the right to make choices in this life, so its up to whoever wants to, to go ahead with this. One cold thought is this.
When the company goes bust, what happens to those in Cryogenic Preservation? You would need a system that protects those who use this, the chances of a company going on generation after generation is very subjective indeed. Its all about money really...

However we can not take away the chances of people having cures for serious illnesses in the future,. It gives hope where maybe hope has been taken away from some so why not.
harrymole
22nd Dec 2016
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As a Bible believing Christian I accept the teaching of Scripture were it is written, It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment
There is an everlasting life to come, free from pain, sickness, sorrow, what more could anyone want.
Lionel
22nd Dec 2016
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libbygirl12
22nd Dec 2016
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The soul of the dead person is not going to come back in the same body u cant be reborn unless u become a baby again I think its a real silly idea what di others think x
Farm boy
18th Dec 2016
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Why would you want to come back if you are 60 plus and no one knows what state you would be in if it became possible not for me
MorrisandDoris
16th Dec 2016
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The question is would anybody want to come back in say 20 Years time !
JohnHerb
22nd Dec 2016
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I would love to come back in 20, 40, 200 years time. How interesting to see how we have all developed and new discoveries and technologies etc
davash
9th Dec 2016
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Whilst curious about the future my grandchildren will see. I cannot imagine being revived after death to take part in their lives. Use the money to cure today's ills . It will be much better spent .
Georgie Girl
9th Dec 2016
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We need to concentrate on how we can leave this world without pain and suffering before we think of how we can bring people back.
shortyshah
9th Dec 2016
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Once your time is up...best to leave it that way.
HJR58
9th Dec 2016
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I don't have any religious affiliation, it's the practicalities for me. No one has been successfully 'woken up' as far as I know. If it's years from now everyone and everything you knew will be changed or gone. None of us find it easy to think about our own demise, but this certainly isn't the answer.
pbwofely
9th Dec 2016
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When you are dead your soul leaves your body. There is no going back, not if you believe in God.
Northern Silver
2nd Dec 2016
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I think cryogenics is a waste of time and money - but if someone chooses it, they should be free to do so.
If I want to stand in my garden burning £10 notes on a bonfire, I can do that. It's would be totally bonkers ( and don't worry family, I'm not planning to start any time soon) but I would defend my right to do what I want with my money.
The same with cryogenics. As long as someone has not been promised impossible things, they should be allowed to do it, however foolish it seems.
But at present, there is no prospect of coming back and if anyone were to hold out false hope to those considering the cryogenic process they should be prosecuted and their business shut down.
katakraa
26th Nov 2016
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If it helped the girl have a less stressful death than it was worth the money. If it works or not I'm open minded on that.
Pwilly
25th Nov 2016
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The maternal grandparents paid £37,000 for the process. What happens when the money runs out?? Also, when the relatives are all gone, what keeps the company from pulling the plug, or if the company folds, who would take on the responsibility of the bodies??
Barton babe
25th Nov 2016
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Once your dead your dead. Who would want to wake up in a hundred years time, not me. The world is bad enough now, it's not going to be any better in a hundred years.
Lionel
29th Nov 2016
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My thoughts exactly. Well said.
Iancw12
23rd Nov 2016
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Maybe in a hundred years or so.
lizfid3
22nd Nov 2016
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These people are already dead are they not? What happens to the soul when/if they return as it has already left the shell which encased it? Is this a zombie in the making? It's not for me but each to his/her own.
Lionel
22nd Nov 2016
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Liz, that's about the best comment yet! Thank you, I hadn't thought of that aspect.

Zombies, do we need any more? Whitehall is littered with them.
Athenagoddess
21st Nov 2016
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I read somewhere more than once someone in a coma is stuck between life and death, can't move on either way until you pull the plug. How would it be if you were stuck as a soul in a body which should have died decades ago.
Lionel
21st Nov 2016
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Pam1960
21st Nov 2016
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It's a matter of choice if you can afford it. For me it's a definite no. I can think of nothing worse than being bought back to life in say 50 or a 100 years where I didn't know anyone and nothing in common to discuss as life would have changed. Would anyone be interested in talking about today's issues probably not. When I speak to the few people I know who are in their 90s they often feel isolated as they have lost their parents, siblings and friends. Even though they may have their children and grandchildren it is not the same they are from a different generation. I think I prefer to go when it is my time
Lionel
20th Nov 2016
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This is at once the most difficult of matters to resolve, and yet the easiest. But I think few will like my answer, given in all conscience.

Whilst we continue to paddle around in humanism - most don't know their thoughts are humanist, which at best is a Christless Christianity - there will continue to be decisions of eternal import. These decisions, and discussions, should never arise. The way we deal with matters eternal is just like attending a State Banquet at the Palace in jeans and flip-flops. Out of kilter with any reality.

That this child died so young is a human tragedy, few, I think would disagree. But she is one of several million youngsters who will pass away this year, so many from starvation while we eat excesses of food imported from their countries. Do we have a blood guilt here?

That she had the choice to be frozen for decades, perhaps centuries, is a Western luxury not afforded to African and Indian kids who die young. But they are still dead.

The Bible is a document written over fifteen hundred years by Jewish people, and mostly for Jewish people. It is the voice of the God of Israel to man. It says, it is given unto man once to die and thence the judgement.

If the Bible is right, and after fifty years of studying it I can't fault it, then it doesn't matter what happens to this earthly body, frozen, buried or anything else. Any resurrection is not by cryogenic science but by the will of God. And that resurrection will be into a newly created heaven and earth, not an even more sordid and godless earth.

Who among us would want to come back here?
harrymole
22nd Dec 2016
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Lionel
22nd Dec 2016
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JohnHerb
20th Nov 2016
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Its a good idea. Why not if you have the money even if its 1000-1 chance -better than the alternative I say!
MrsPat
25th Nov 2016
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Totally agree every time
Lionel
20th Nov 2016
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What's the alternative Johnherb?
JohnHerb
22nd Dec 2016
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There is no alternative but if I though just 1/1000s of 1% that I could live again and maybe for a long long long time in say 2,200 why would I not want to come back. the alternative is not that great!!
Yodama
20th Nov 2016
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Now why on earth would someone give me a thumbs down for saying a 14 year old was clever enough to research and take her case to court, gutsy I called her.
Brave little girl.
Hmmmm!
Maybe you don't agree?
MrsPat
25th Nov 2016
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I totally agree little Minx. She was a gutsy girl and I would do the same thing. Why not? look at the alternative!. In fact I am quite interested in doing it myself
Lionel
20th Nov 2016
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Yodama
21st Nov 2016
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MrsH.
20th Nov 2016
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This is meddling with mother-nature in a ridiculous way. no good will come from these kind of gruesome games.
MrsPat
25th Nov 2016
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Well I am not so sure. If you said that we should have no modern medical progress. When I was 5 I had appendicitis and my appendix was whipped out. 100 years ago I would be dead. Its all human progress surely?
Alicia
20th Nov 2016
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NO I do not agree as it does not match my Christian beliefs.
Alicia
21st Nov 2016
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Correct Lionel, we are agreed.
Lionel
20th Nov 2016
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Alicia, we are agreed! It is given unto man once to die and thence the judgement. Correct?
Hattie
20th Nov 2016
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No i don't agree. If people start wanting to come back later or, whenever. The world is not going to get any bigger but, populations keep exploding all around the world as it is so, what will these 'return to life find' ?
Lionel
20th Nov 2016
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Well said. A good point. Thank you.
Prosseco
20th Nov 2016
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I don't agree, there is no proof that in hundreds of years later that they would be able to cure you. That young girl would have thought long and hard about her decision .
Cilla Ann
20th Nov 2016
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I don't believe in it but if it helped this young girl in her final days then that can only be good. Such a sad,sad decision for a person in her early teens to have to even contemplate.
jeanmark
20th Nov 2016
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It isn't something I would consider but surely we have a right to decide on what we want for our body? Many of us decide on what kind of funeral we have.
Wilf
20th Nov 2016
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Really good point and I totally agree. We can all decide on this for our bodies.
Theoldgirl
20th Nov 2016
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NO in my opinion, I think the money her Mother spent taking her body, to America would have been better if she had donated it, in helping to find a cure for the Cancer that her Daughter passed away with. Feel very sorry for the Family at this sad time.
Dollie
20th Nov 2016
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At 14 years old she was far far too young to make that decision! She was still a child not an adult.
jeanmark
21st Nov 2016
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I can't understand why people believe she was too young too make such a decision. Surely she had the right to make her wishes known and she wasn't given an option to wait until she had grown up before making a decision.
jeanmark
20th Nov 2016
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The problem was she wasn't going to get older to enable her to make an 'adult' decision. Surely that was the problem, if she had have been an adult it wouldn't have hit the headlines.
Yodama
20th Nov 2016
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How astute of her to research and to contemplate this huge step and to take it to court. Gutsy little girl.
Yodama
20th Nov 2016
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At 14 years old she may have a good chance in the future of being resuscitated and a cure found. How long would she be held in this facility? How many years until a cure is found for her condition?
If it is too far into the future, what kind of life would she have? All her loved ones and friends would be gone. All she is familiar with, gone.
The world would have moved on and changed. She would have to learn how to live in this unfamiliar changed world on her own.
Too much for a little girl of 14 years old.
Since technology and medicine is moving fast apace, who knows, she may not have to wait that long. However......

Let her go to her peace.
Wilf
20th Nov 2016
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AS you say though who knows how fast technology is going. We may be able to do this in 20 years and then this little girl would know many of her friends and possibly family. We only had iphones 10 years ago and look how fast technology has moved in that time. With technology now anything is possible
Yodama
20th Nov 2016
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I wonder if I will be around when the headlines tell us she is out of the Cryo state and a cure has been found, it would be quite incredible.
Wilf
20th Nov 2016
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Interesting thought and wouldn't that be amazing. I doubt if I will be but really the sooner the better for her so she could see her friends and family. Who knows? Its an incredible world we live in and getting more amazing all the time!
Yodama
20th Nov 2016
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Secretly Wilf, I think they have a lot more cures than they tell us about, probably still in trial stages. Some would be astronomically expensive so the recipients would certainly not be the Proletariat.
Munsterlander
20th Nov 2016
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Yes I totally agree with it and think some enterprising forms in Britain should get funding to do it especially for cases like this when a youngster is involved. I think we will have the technology in say 100 years time to unfreeze people and treat them for diseases that we cannot cure now. This girl was very very brave and good on her and her mum as well. Who knows what the future will bring. Look at how far we have come with medical advances in the last 50 years.
MrsPat
20th Nov 2016
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I think this little girl was incredibly brave and my heart goes out to her and her family but I am not sure if this will work. It seems a bit amateurish in the UK and maybe the government should pay for research into it.
Wilf
20th Nov 2016
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I agree it was an incredibly brave thing to do and I think the judge did a brilliant job sanctioning it as well. Good for him!
Marley444
20th Nov 2016
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Whilst I respect the 14 year old girls wishes this is something I would never consider myself. I have no desire to be woken up in the future - I think I saw a film years ago with Mel Gibson about this?? To me it sounds like a Frankenstein horror movie, but I know my husband would consider it!

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