For some, the idea of waking up in a distant, unknown for them future looks like a nightmare. But many hope that they will be given life for the second time and resort to the Cryonics.
Behind bulletproof glass there are huge stainless steel containers in which 153 people are scattered. The Alkor company in Scotland, USA, specializes in the so-called Cryonics, the science that promises “resurrection.” The company cools “patients” as it calls its customers, aiming to bring them back to life when science has gone a long way.
But even the company’s forerunner, Max Mor, doubts whether this will ever be feasible.
In total there are three companies in the world offering this service, two of them in America and the third in Russia. About 3,500 people have paid to maintain their bodies or even their pets. At the same time, cryonics is more likely to be of interest to men, since two out of three clients are male sexes. Most are white and rich.
Famous … frozen
Depending on the company and the maintenance process, customers pay between $ 30,000 and $ 200,000. Several famous people are interested in these services but also people from countries where this method is forbidden, as in Germany. About 350 people are already in the “freezing” between them and baseball legend Ted Williams.
But how exactly does the Cryonic work? Shortly after the death of the patient is established, his body is placed in chilled water to prevent the decomposition of tissues and especially of the brain. At this stage, cardiac massage and artificial respiration continue, and the deceased is transferred as quickly as possible to the cryo-laboratory. There is an antifreeze liquid in his veins and for the next two weeks the body cools gradually until it reaches minus 196 degrees Celsius. Then it is placed upside down in a huge cylinder with liquid nitrogen. The head should be at the lowest point of the chamber so that if the nitrogen leaks, the sensitive brain remains for longer cooling.
However, the problems and the unanswered questions start after all: How is the toxic anti-freeze removed from the body? Can the damage done to the body be restored? How should the bodies be thawed? If defrost happens very quickly, ice can build up in the cells. If it happens too late, already thawed tissues will begin to decompose. And perhaps the most important question remains: How does one “wake up” the dead?
In the meantime, scientists have managed to awaken incomplete asbestos animals like “worms”, but they are far from doing so in more complex structures like the brain. But customers, who have been doing so for years, put their hopes on cryogenics and faith, that at some point they will be able to return to life even after a long absence.