By LUCY ORMONDE
Before she died, 23-year-old brain cancer patient Kim Suozzi, went on the internet and asked for help.
The neuroscience student had been diagnosed with a highly aggressive brain tumor in early 2011. By August 2012, Kim’s life expectancy has dramatically dropped. Doctors told her that she had less than six months to live.
Facing such a bleak prognosis, Kim began investigating into options to extend her life.
“I want to be cryogenically preserved when I die from brain cancer but can’t afford it,” Kim wrote on the social news site Reddit.
“I’ve been interested in cryonics since long before I was even diagnosed, but I never thought that I would have to secure the finances so fast, and without a career or savings to stand on. As weird as it feels to ask for help here, I feel I should just give it a shot and sees what happens.”
“I caused a lot of family controversy last week by breaking the news to my parents. I can tell I’ve alienated them quite a bit as they are Christian and don’t see why I’d want to be preserved; in their mind, I am going to heaven and my ‘soul’ will forever leave my body when I die anyway.”
Cryonic preservation involves freezing a person’s body in the hope that as medical technology advances, their body can be resurrected in the future and treated for their incurable illness.
The controversial process challenges how both people of faith and people of science think and feel about death.
Normally, it’s the kind of thing you think only exists in some kind of George-Lucas-meets-Blade-Runner-futuristic-type feature film. But the truth is that this process is becoming increasingly normalised and accessible for ordinary people.
More than 100 people have undergone the procedure at facilities in the USA since it started in 1962, including at least four Australians. This is from Fairfax:
A Western Australian man, Helmer Fredrikkson, was cryonically suspended in December, 1994, at the Detroit institute. His widow, Marta Sandberg, is also signed up for cryonics and believes she has a 50-50 chance of seeing her husband again – “When I wake up, I will have spent half my life without Helmer,” she says. “We’ll have to fall in love again. Isn’t that nice?”