The girl who wanted to live
A 14 year old girl died of cancer and was cryogenically frozen in the hope that one day in the future, she could be brought back and live for more days than expected.
Cryonics is when your body is frozen and then in the future, you hope that scientists can bring you back in hundreds of years to a new day and age.
No one should have their life taken away from them at such a young age and by a disease that has no cure yet. A girl at just the age of 14 didn’t give up hope and believed that she could live again but in a new world. This girl’s parents had separated and were arguing about what would happen to their daughters’ body. Her mother supported her final wish of being frozen but the father disagreed on this matter. So the girl wrote a heart breaking letter to a High Court judge to have her mother have the final say.
A short line from this letter sent to the court: “I want to live and live longer and I think they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance.” One judge thought so.
By sending this letter, it had a huge emotional toll on the family especially her father. Mr.S, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was told that he could not see his daughter (JS) because the Judge who approved her case, 11 days before her death, banned it and was also in JS’s request for this to happen. He couldn’t say goodbye.
Unfortunately, Mr.S is suffering from cancer and not only this, he spent months in the same hospital as his daughter without ever knowing JS was there. Mr.S said: “Last time I saw her was in 2007. The reason for this purely her mother’s doing- she said no way, full stop. She has caused this sadness between me and my daughter and she died in the end without me being able to see her. It’s so sad that she didn’t let me have any sight of her.” JS will never know of her father’s determination over 10 court cases to see her. He was seen in her eyes as almost evil but this 14 year old girl didn’t know the half of it.
Many experts have looked at this case (science experts and others) and questioned why a 14 year old girl would want to be cryogenically frozen and more into if it is actually possible. There is one biology teacher from South Bromsgrove High School who has very clear and thought provoking ideas on the matter. Mrs Haden was asked if she would allow a 14 year old girl to be cryogenically frozen once dead; this was the reply: ‘Yes because it is such a horrible decision to make at such a young age and she is very mature to of made it. She would’ve changed her mind if she wanted to not go through with it.’ Another question was asked – do you believe it is possible for someone to be brought back after being cryogenically frozen and Mrs Haden said ‘No, they hope, but I don’t think it is possible. Why would you be cured if you were already dying and the cells would be damaged from the freezing?’
It was such a compelling story and a very unique one at that. JS was cryogenically frozen and her wish made but will JS be woken up to find out a cure for her cancer has been found or will she stay frozen and stay there with no hope?