Anyone who has ever read science fiction knows one of the more interesting concepts of it is cryogenics, freezing a body in order to possibly thaw it out once they are able to find a cure for whatever has caused the persons demise. (wikipedia) There are theories about how this could work out for people, and rumors of certain people who have gone through this process, names like Walt Disney and Ted Williams, as well as Williams’ son who followed his dad in the process. (mentalfloss) It’s an interesting idea, although the chances of it actually working have long been debated, it’s confounded the public for ages how simply freezing someone could potentially save them. (bigthink) If everything works out properly this could open the door for people with certain diseases such as cancer, leukemia, as well as the biggies like HIV and AIDS. (themarysue) Cryogenic freezing has always been a controversial subject, the debate of if it’s man attempting to play God, if it’s worth the risk, and as mentioned before if it could ever actually work, but the world is finally taking a step in this direction with testing of suspended animation getting ready to begin. (newscientist)
The theory of suspended animation is great from the aspect of allowing someone a little extra time while doctors try to decipher what is needed in order to save them, as certain injuries state that time is of the utmost importance. (iflscience) It’ll be interesting to see what happens once it’s put into place, the first human trials on about to begin, something I don’t think anyone ever actually expected to happen, but we’re on the verge of a major step in the scientific process. (cnet) While the basic thought is they’re going to be testing suspended animation, some believe it’s not truly suspended animation but actually something a bit better. (geekosystem) The testing first began in the year 2000 when a testing was done on 40 pigs, the survival rate of those pigs was right about ninety percent, I guess you can’t make bacon without killing a few pigs, right? We’ve watched cryogenics unfold in film and movie form for man years, from movies such as Demolition Man to wild animated series such as Futurama, it’s completely fascinated the human race with this next step forward it’s looking like a promising future could be coming. When Kevin Everett (buffalobills) was left paralyzed by a hit during a Buffalo Bills football game, one of the most important things in keeping him alive and his eventual rehabilitation was the fact that they got to work on him quickly, another example is Jerry Lawler’s heart attack on live television. (espn) These two instances prove time can be of the essence in an emergency situation, if suspending life for a short time can help in situations such as these, it’s worth the risk, at least in my eyes.