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Australian Company Freezes Man Hoping To Wake Him Up Later

An Australian cryonics company froze the first person in the country, igniting a debate. Supporters hope it's a cheat-death method, while critics doubt the science and ethics.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: May 28, 2024 19:18 IST
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Australia Southern Cryonics 'Patient One'
Australia Southern Cryonics 'Patient One'

A Cryonics company in Australia, Southern Cryonics, has ignited a firestorm of public reaction after successfully freezing their first client, referred to as “Patient One.” The man, in his 80s, passed away in a Sydney hospital before being transported to Southern Cryonics’ facility in Holbrook, New South Wales. There, his body was cryogenically preserved at -196°C in the hopes of one day being revived by future medical advancements.

This unprecedented event from Australia has sparked a wave of public debate. Proponents of cryonics celebrate it as a chance to cheat death and hold onto the promise of a future where diseases currently considered incurable may be treatable. They view Patient One as a pioneer taking a bold step towards an extended lifespan.

Critics, however, remain unconvinced. The scientific community largely views cryonics with skepticism, highlighting the lack of evidence suggesting such a deep freeze can actually preserve a human body for centuries without irreparable damage. Additionally, the ethical implications of reviving someone into an unknown future raise concerns. Patient One may wake up to a completely transformed world, potentially causing immense social and psychological distress.

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Southern Cryonics, however, remains optimistic. Facility manager Philip Rhoades acknowledges the challenges but emphasizes their belief in future scientific breakthroughs. The company offers cryonic suspension packages starting at $170,000, and they anticipate increased interest as their membership base ages.

Patient One’s frozen sleep sparks debate on death, consciousness, and defying death itself, but success is a distant hope.

First published on: May 28, 2024 07:18 PM IST

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