Have been thinking lately of the story of the fourteen year old girl who died of cancer but had to go to the High Court to ensure her wishes were carried out by her mother and have her body cryogenic-ally frozen. Then to be thawed out at a later date when there would be a cure for her cancer and so she could have a life. The more I thought about this story the more I was disturbed. There was a lack of foresight on all involved parents and judge which leaves you wondering about peoples pulse of reality.
If this girl is thawed out, she will still be only fourteen years old, so in the law of the land: A child. My first thought was the parent who signed off on this must be assuming that a cure and the ability to thaw her out must be going to happen soon or else when the child is awakened (if that really is possible if you have been declared dead) then in all likelihood her parents will be elderly or dead. What a weight to place on a fourteen year old recovering cancer victim. Here’s your life- you have now become the main carer for your infirm parents. What were they thinking??
The physical situational reality of a body staying at the one age but life continuing all around it must have dawned on someone- you’d think. This leads to the realisation that all parties involved have the assumption that she will some how be resuscitated with her full memories intact. Without memories of a previous life how else would you know that you are living a life any different to the one you had before? And also that she won’t some how have forgotten that she had died young and so was regarded by ‘others’ as not having lived a life. And also the heavy reality of knowing that every single person she ever knew has aged and moved on to another stage in life but she wasn’t part of that. That is a death in its self.
All in all this story, for me, showed people truly mired in grief that they couldn’t think straight. A situation of false hope costing £36,000 dollars. And as each day passes for her parents and her death becomes more distant and their own more imminent. What then? Will they still see things in the same light?
Ps Google clip art words ” frozen ice cube”