A New York Times story by journalist Amy Harmon has covered the journey of a 23-year-old woman who opted for having her brain frozen. Kim Suozzi, suffering from terminal brain cancer, wanted to have her brain preserved with the hope that its revival would be possible some day in the future. The process is known as cryonics (freezing of body) or neuropreservation (freezing of head and brain) and Suozzi isn’t the only who has undergone it; over 100 people have done this since the first case that took place in 1960s as per the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
Alcor performs both of these procedures and requires the patients to sign over to their life insurance policies of $80,000 for neuropreservation and $200,000 for cryonics as per their website. Over the past few decades, medical sciences has become sophisticated enough that it can freeze and revive human parts ranging from organs for transplantation to embryos and eggs for reproduction. However, human brain is on another level and a totally different story.
So, the important question is; has this worked? Sadly, no one has ever been revived after death so far. Winfried Denk, brain mapping expert at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany, believes that the ability to revive someone who has undergone cryopreservation is still at least 40 years away. He also believes that by that time we would have found the cure for whatever killed the patients in the first place.
The problem with this procedure is that once the body dies, the cells begin to release toxic substances right away and decomposition begins. To prevent this natural process of decay is quite difficult, however, Alcor and a few other organizations are going with cryonics with the hope that frozen patients could be brought back to life someday.
Let’s look at how Alcor carries out this procedure.
- Following the death of patient, the cryonics team, within minutes, places the patient in ice water bath to begin the cooling down and preservation process.
- Life support is provided to ensure that the heart continues to beat, artificially, and thus the blood continues to pump and oxygen levels in blood are maintained at the level experienced in airplanes. This allows the team to keep the brain healthy why the cryopreservation takes place.
- An external lung-heart machine then takes over for the patient’s organs and the patient is cooled down to a temperature that only a few degrees above the freezing point of water thus removing the need for oxygen.
- The next step is replacing blood with a cryoprotectant anti-freeze solution over the course of a couple of hours. The cryoprotectant chemicals are similar to the ones that are utilized when organs for transplant are being transported. This anti-freeze is crucial so that ice crystals don’t get formed. (ice expands and forms crystals with spikes that can damage brain cell).
- Patient is further cooled down by making use of nitrogen gas at -193 degrees Fahrenheit. The cells vitrify at this temperature and turn solid.
- During the next two weeks, the patient is further cooled to about -320 degrees Fahrenheit and the body/brain is placed in liquid nitrogen for long term care.
As to how will they come back to life? No clue as of yet! What do you think of this procedure? Do let us know in the comment section below.
I think that if they came back alive, they will be very vulnerable persons, with slow thinking, degraded habilities and skills and they will have a low spectancy of life.
Nothing is impossible….. Kee it up guys u can Do it…
It is He (Allah) Who gives life, and causes death, and to Him you (all) shall return.
( ???? ???? , Yunus, Chapter #10, Verse #56
What humans can imagine, is achievable but the only hurdle is the the right technology. Going to moon, mobile phones, video conferencing, cloning etc all were once the fantasies. Having said that, there are certain things which are very much possible to think about by a human brain but are beyond the human control. One of these is reviving a dead body; a body which has been declared dead. Yes you can have a body preserved with organs functioning artificially but this is not human….. human in fact is the spirit which has left.
I think dead is the only thing we waant to preserve. I mean d3ad is needed to preserve the health on earth. If we live for ever how are we going to control population growth?By killing the poor people? People needs to live naturaly and acept that life will end someday! We need to give new people the chance to experience how nice living is… this project needs to be stoped!
As a scientist, doctors and engineers we cud just hope for the best..the rest depends upon our work, study, technology and our hunger to accomplish our desire.
All the best…peoples out there..!!
Other than Jesus Christ, I can’t see this whole “coming back from the dead” working out at all.
Jesus has been dead 6000 years ago. he aint reviving nobody. this is a SCIENCE article, GTFO outta here with your rehashed biblical crap. non eof you religitards have noticed your faith is based on opinion and 0% truth
it is impossible to revive a dead soul. as the soul leaves the body nothing can revive it but Allah. All u have is a machine that pumps blood and some working tissues.
it actually isnt, if they are properly frozen, it can be revived. if i were take a step away from the NARROWMINDED trash you are spewing and look at the evidence. ulluh/haysoos etc etc there is no supreme being out there unless your refering to little green men. so at the end of the day your claim is invalid
Every one has to die one day.
no there is no law or any such script forbidding a living creature form living forever, unless of course your just like the previous retards i responded to who all religtard/one dimentional/dogmatic/narrowminded idiot.
instead of focusing on how to revive the body after preserving for a long time.. you should try other methods of preserving with aids that the brain is alive with little functionings so that it will be easy for full life revival next time..