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WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby 3.14 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:01 pm

A teenage girl has made history after becoming the first British child to be cryogenically frozen.

The case went to court after the girl begged the judge to allow it to happen after she found out she was dying of cancer. It reached the high court as her mother supported her wishes. However, her father did not.
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British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby atticus » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:07 pm

I have read that the judgment of Peter Jackson J is available online for those who would like an informed discussion of the legal questions.
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Re: WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby dls » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:37 pm

It is interesting how such a case sounds so very different in its proper legal context. In reality nothing depended upon teh request being made, but rather it was a request for a specified steps order under the Children Act 1989.

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Re: WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby tph » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:21 pm

It would seem that it was nothing more than a disagreement between two parents as to whether their daughter got her final wish.
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Re: WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:43 pm

It is a terribly sad judgment to read. Peter Jackson LJ deals with it with humanity.

Is there any scientific basis for cryonics? Almost certainly, no. Should the child's wishes about her body be respected? Almost certainly, yes.
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Re: WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby dls » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:03 pm

See
Re JS (Disposal of Body); FD 10 Nov 2016
in family law.

Please note that when very recent cases are published here, they and some of the case cited will normally appear on the swarb.co.uk website a day later.
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Re: WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby shootist » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:23 pm

Who would not want to please their child on such a matter and in such circumstances?
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Re: WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby 3.14 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:45 pm

Smouldering Stoat wrote:Is there any scientific basis for cryonics? Almost certainly, no.
There's http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S001122401500245X actually but that's bye the bye.
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Re: WTF? British 14-Year-Old Cryogenically Frozen

Postby Smouldering Stoat » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:18 pm

Sorry, but that describes a technique for preserving the structures of the brain (and potentially, the whole brain) for future research. It doesn't suggest that it can be preserved so that it can become functional after death. The brain is a beautiful but - as I have cause to know - fragile thing.

That's not to say that it was wrong to respect the child's wishes. Far from it.
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