Many people believe that in time technology will revive frozen bodies and heal deadly diseases. In this issue, we will describe how much humanity has advanced in this matter.
In 1967, the first official freezing of a person was carried out in order to return to life. They became James Bedford, who died as a result of kidney cancer. Since then, cryo-freezing technologies have developed significantly, and the number of people waiting for the “resurrection” has passed on to many dozens. Moreover, in 2005, the first company specializing in this issue, called KrioRus, was opened in Russia. 56 patients are already stored on their territory, both whole and in the form of a frozen brain, as well as 22 domestic animals. Also, another 200 people signed a contract to freeze their bodies after death.
Despite the growing popularity of this near-scientific way of life extension, at the moment scientists are not aware of ways to avoid the processes of destruction of tissues and internal organs, due to the formation of ice. The fact is that the process of conservation of the human body begins during the first minutes after the heart stops. The blood is replaced with a special solution, and the body itself is gradually frozen to -196 degrees Celsius. In this state, it can be stored for ages, but only after it is defrosted, we get a porridge mass, instead of a man. By the way, based on the laws of many countries where euthanasia is prohibited, such manipulations can be performed only after the death of a person has been ascertained, otherwise it will be considered murder.
In addition to preserving your body for posterity, it will be important to focus on the aspect of organ transplantation. The fact is that, for example, the kidneys can save their functions for only 36 hours, and the heart and lungs even less – only 4 hours. That is why most of the organs for transplantation are simply thrown away, despite the presence of a queue of thousands of people around the world, and it is for this reason that it is so important to develop technologies for trouble-free freezing of vital organs.
By the way, creatures such as sluggish or, for example, many frogs have the ability to endure deep freezing without any problems and significant consequences for the body. Moreover, some of them have learned to synthesize special substances that do not allow the formation of destructive ice or even completely get rid of water in their body. Alas, such superopportunities are not yet available to man.