A terminally ill teenager in the U.K. asked a court to allow her body to be frozen in the U.S. A judge granted the request.
Cryogenics is a controversial subject in elder law and for families of terminally ill patients. Those who believe in the practice think that if their remains are frozen it is possible they can be unfrozen in the future when a cure for their diseases will be available.
Most experts, however, do not think that is possible.
They point out that we do not currently have an ability to freeze human beings in a way that preserves their ability to be brought back to life. Some people do still request that their bodies be frozen after they pass away.
One of the latest such stories comes from the U.K. as FOX News Health reported in "Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen."
A 14-year-old girl with terminal cancer wanted her body to be shipped to the U.S. to be frozen. However, her divorced parents disagreed with each other about granting the girl's wishes. Her mother was in favor and her father was opposed.
This caused the girl to ask a judge to direct that her body should be frozen. Although the girl was too ill to make her request in court, the judge visited her and agreed to her wishes. This was one of the first of these kind of cases in the U.S.
While cryogenics remains a rarely used option in the U.S. expect it to be used more frequently as medical science advances even if the experts continue to say it will not work.
Reference: FOX News Health (Nov. 17, 2016) "Dying UK girl convinces judge to let her body be frozen."