In a rather unusual and rare court case a judge has ruled that a 14- year old girl will be allowed to be cryo-preserved after her death.
Over a month ago the unnamed 14-year-old girl passed away with a rare form of cancer, knowing that after her death she would be cryo-preserved.
She wrote a letter to the judge stating that:
“I’m only 14 years old and I don’t want to die, but I know I am going to. I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years’ time. I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance. This is my wish.”
The move was opposed by her father who didn’t agree with the move. However, the mother fully supported her decision.
The parents have been divorced for most of her life and she had lived with her mother, and never having face to face contact with her father since 2008.
The father also had a form of cancer, and was against the process of having her preserved. However, he later agreed to go ahead with the process if he could see his daughter after death.
The judge who – ruled in this case – stressed that this case was not about cryo-preservation or the court’s stance on it – rather it was about who should be making the decision and preparations for the child and her wishes.
Therefore he granted the mother the permission to go ahead with the preservation as per her daughter’s wishes, however he also ruled that the father and his family would be able to see after death.
He also stressed that even without the factor of preservation, this was an important case as if the mother was to make the funeral preparations the father would have been excluded regardless.
The father was not allowed any further contact until her death, thereafter he was allowed see her. When she was initially diagnosed, he pursued a case to be able to see her, however later only written communication was ruled legal.
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