Parents Freeze Their Dead Two Year Olds Brain In Hope She Can Eventually Be Brought Back To Life….

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  1. teehee

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    The girl who could come back from the dead: Toddler who died from a brain tumour is FROZEN by parents who hope she can one day be revived by medical advances
    • Two-year-old Matheryn Naovaratpong, from Thailand, died in January
    • Had battled a very rare brain cancer that affects very young children
    • Her brain and body have been frozen by Arizona-based firm Alcor
    • Family hopes body can be used for research - or she can one day live again
    A two-year-old girl who died from a brain tumour has been frozen - in the hope she will one day be revived by advances in science.

    Matheryn Naovaratpong, from Thailand, is thought to be the youngest person ever cryogenically preserved.

    The toddler was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last April after she failed to wake up one morning, Motherboard's Brian Merchant reports

    After being admitted to a Bangkok hospital, tests revealed she had a 11cm tumour in the left side of her brain.


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    Matheryn Naovaratpong, from Thailand, is thought to be the youngest person ever cryogenically preserved

    Doctors diagnosed her with ependymoblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that afflicts the very young.

    The outlook was bleak from the start - the disease has a five-year survival rate of 30 per cent.

    To make matters worse, Matheryn - known to her family as Einz - had fallen into a coma.

    After a months of intensive treatment, including 12 rounds of brain surgery, 20 chemotherapy treatments, and 20 radiation therapy sessions, it became clear there was little more doctors could do.

    She died on January 8th this year after her parents switched off her life support machine.

    By the time she passed away, she had lost 80 per cent of the left side of her brain - essentially paralysing the right side of her body.

    But determined for some good to come from her death, her family have had her body cryogenically preserved - by one of the biggest providers of this service in the world.

    Matheryn is currently at the Arizona-based Alcor, her brain and body frozen separately at 196C.

    Her family's main - although many would argue, far fetched - hope is that one day, science will have progressed enough to restore life to her.


    Alternatively, her parents want the cells from her brain and other parts of her body to be saved, so the disease that killed her can be studied in the future.

    Aside from the huge number of 'what ifs', there is the cost.

    'Membership' to Alcor costs $770 a year - plus a rather more hefty $80,000 for a 'neuro' (the procedure Matheryn had) or £200,000 to have a full body frozen.

    Alcor is also where the bodies of famous baseball player Ted Williams, as well as his son John Henry Williams, are stored.

    'It [the freezing] provides the opportunity for Matheryn to breathe again when the technology is provided and appropriate for her disease,' said her father, who found out about the cryopreservation firm on the internet.


    But as a family of doctors, they are hopeful, rather than unrealistically optimistic.

    And as Matheryn's doctor pointed out: 'Her life was made possible by modern science in the first place - she was carried by a surrogate because her mother had lost her uterus birthing a son.'

    The family also feels there are 'still considerable frontiers left to be examined when it comes to medicine and human physiology.

    'They didn't want their daughter's life to end in vain,' Aaron Drake, Alcor's medical response director told Motherboard.

    'They're hoping that by preserving the tissue cells of this particular cancer, they can come up with a better treatment plan, and maybe even eventually cure it. If you look at the global picture of what they're trying to accomplish, it's very altruistic.'

    But the process of cryogenically freezing the toddler wasn't just an emotional rollercoaster, but a logistical one, too.

    In an ideal world, she would have been flown to Arizona.


    But Matheryn's health was so poor and when she ended up on a ventilator, air travel became impossible.

    Instead, a doctor from Alcor flew to Thailand and, as soon as she was pronounced dead - at 6.18pm on that January evening - preservation of her body began.


    'We know we can regenerate a small organ, and grow a new heart,' said Mr Drake.

    'We know we can 3-dimensionally print cells and hearts. So at some point we would need to regenerate her entire body, or at least her organs, and put it all together.

    'Then we’d need to transplant that brain into a new body.'


    However a growing number of people are showing interest in the pioneering technology.

    'Our market is growing,' Mr Drake told Motherboard's Brian Merchant.


    And for Matheryn's family, it provides peace of mind and gives them some solace from the tragedy of her death.

    'At least, we devoted her life and body for the progress and development of science,' said her mother, Nareerat.

    'This is also another treat for our family, we know that she's alive although we have been separated.'
     
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    You never know.
     
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    I know two people..friends that are gonna freeze their heads when they die..They have the cash..What the heck..Its a real funky process. Money in bank account etc..They have no kids..
     
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    Tikki Thai Mein?
     
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    she lost another kid and it ruined her uterus
    these people are probably quite demented as a result of all this
    and they would probably be better served seeking professional help as opposed to this nonsense

    that's my medical opinion--I have zero medical training however
     
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    I cant imagine their grief and dont want to, I hope they find peace...:facepalm:
     
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    This story just makes me sad.... :(
     
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    That's sad and the parents are idiots.
     
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    From everything I've read, the process they use to get the people to the frozen state is relatively scientifically sound. Like, I think they can show that they don't cause permanent nerve and tissue damage and so forth.

    The PROBLEM is that there's no way to to get back viable tissue once it's been frozen like that. I believe that even critics say that it's not the freezing that's the problem... It's the thawing.

    I'm going off what I read about them when all the Ted Williams stuff was going on, but I'm pretty sure their sales pitch is something to the effect of "We know how to freeze you, and the technology to bring you back isn't there... But what if some day it is?"

    It's a Hail Mary in a major way.

    In my mind, it seems logical that if we'll ever advance to the point of allowing someone to "live again", it'll deal more with computers and cloning. I wouldn't PERSONALLY live a second life, that I was aware of the entire time. It would just be a second copy of me that I would have no personal or mental connection to.
     
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    Why are they idiots?

    Freezing the body causes no tissue damage. It's highly likely that the technology to resuscitate the girl will be available in the future. Assuming that happens, it's likely that scientists will want to thaw and resuscitate the people who were frozen - they would provide lots of interesting perspective and information on the past (either directly/verbally or just genetically/medically). Seems like a win/win to me. And if the technology never comes to pass or some law makes it illegal - so what? The people doing this knew the risks in advance.

    Cryogenics is infinitely more rational than retards who think a snake told a woman to eat and apple making us bad for eternity so they have to believe in a guy who was killed by his dad as a sacrifice to himself so he could come back to life and somehow that made us not bad, just as long as we believe in him, and if we do then we get to live forever, blah blah.
     
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    There's no guarantee it's gonna happen. I think the closest they'll get is taking a tissue sample and cloning a new person.
    It just seems like a lot of money wasted on a pipe dream for people who are afraid of death.
     
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    Tldr. But I've been saying for years that I want to be frozen before I die so I can be brought back in the future.
     
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    Ugh, I HATE brain-freeze
     
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    No, their grief is inexplicable.
     
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