Friday, 17 April 2015

Little girl who died from cancer frozen as parents hope she will 'live again'

2 year old Matheryn Naovaratpong from Thailand died in January from  ependymoblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that afflicts the very young.

Tests done last April in a Bangkok hospital revealed she had a 11cm tumour in the left side of her brain. The highly malignant brain tumour left Matheryn in a coma for months while on life support.

She died on January 8 this year after her parents switched off her life support machine. She had already lost 80 percent of her left brain.

Matheryn's body and brain have been frozen separately by Alcor in Arizona. 'It 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.

Aaron Drake, Alcor's medical response director explained the process to Motherboard. It involves moving the patient onto an ice bed, coating her in freezing materials and artificially restarting the heart with a “heart-lung-resuscitator". Over a dozen different medications are administered before blood is drained from the body and replaced with medical-grade antifreeze.

The chest cavity is then opened to attach the major blood vessels to a machine that flushes out all remaining blood, then slowly lowering the body’s temperature, at a rate of 1˚ Celsius every hour.
After two weeks, the body reaches deep cryofreeze at -196˚ C.

Membership' to Alcor costs $770 a year  plus $80,000 for the procedure Matheryn had or £200,000 to have a full body frozen.

With science breaking frontiers daily, 'just maybe' Matheryn will live again.







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