A dad has signed his whole family up to be frozen when they die in the hope they can be brought back to life in the future.
Dennis Kowalski, his wife Maria and their three sons – Jacob 19, Danny 17, and James, 16 – are all down to be preserved in a vat of liquid nitrogen when they pass away.
The paramedic is the president of Cryonics Institute and reckons the process could give them all a ‘second chance at life’.
Cryonics preserves the human body at low temps after death in the hope it can be revived in the future.
The process begins immediately after a person is declared legally dead and the body is cooled in an ice vat.
It is transported to the company headquarters in Michigan where the person’s blood is replaced with antifreeze solution and kept in a vapourised cooling chamber.
For $28,000 (£20,900) the person is then transferred to a special storage container where they are kept with the hope they can be woken up in the future.
The member-owned, non-profit company hit the headlines last year when a 14-year-old Brit schoolgirl won the right to be frozen.
It has frozen about 160 people as well as 100 pets and 1000 tissue samples.
Dennis, who lives in Wisconsin, reckons those who take part have ‘little to lose and virtually everything to gain’.
The 49-year-old said: ‘We think of it as donating our bodies to science. If it works then we have helped science and advanced life.
‘Essentially, we are buying time until technology catches up and is able to fully repair and restore the human body.
‘We have decided to take action in the present for the chance at a renewed life in the future.’
Robert Ettinger, known as The Father of Cryonics, introduced the concept of cryonics in 1962 with the publication of his book, The Prospect of Immortality.
The process of cryopreservation involves cooling a legally dead person to liquid nitrogen temperature where all physical decay essentially stops – with the goal of preserving tissues, organs and especially the brain with its associated memories and personality as perfectly as possible.
A person held in this state is termed a ‘cryopreserved patient’ because those who believe in the process do not consider death to be a permanently irreversible state.
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