A woman has become the first person in China to be cryogenically frozen in the hopes of being brought back to life by advanced technologies in the future.
Zhan Wenlian, who died of lung cancer aged 49 this past May, was “volunteered” for the ambitious project by her husband, Gui Junmin, who has entrusted her body to a team of Chinese scientists.
The woman’s body now rests facing downwards in a giant tank filled with 2,000 litres of liquid nitrogen at Yinfeng Biological Group in Jinan, capital of East China’s Shandong Province, where the cryonics procedure took place.
The “life preservation project” – as it was called when it was first pitched to Zhan’s husband – is a collaboration between Yinfeng Biological Group, Qilu Hospital Shandong University, as well as consultants from the US non-profit organisation Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
Aaron Drake, Alcor’s Senior Medical Response Consultant, took part in the 55-hour cryonics procedure that saw the cells in Zhan’s body slowly frozen inside the tank.
Gui said he and his wife were against cremation and had planned to donate her body to science after her death anyway in order to “give back to society.”
He also reiterated his “belief” in technology, saying: “I tend to believe in new and emerging technologies, so I think it will be completely possible to revive her.”
Director Jia Chusheng of Yinfeng Biological Group said: “[Zhan] and her family are clear about the risks and the possibility that the procedure might ultimately fail.
“But as someone who has donated her body to science, she also gains hope of being revived one day.”
Her cryogenically preserved body will remain in stasis at minus 196 degrees Celsius, with Gui hoping that technology will come up with the means to restore his wife.
Gui noted that he also wishes to take part in a similar cryogenics experiment after he dies, saying: “If my wife wakes up, she might be lonely. I need to keep her company.”
TWO BALD CATS MARRY FOR FUNNY REASON
This could be the most bizarre wedding ever.
Two hairless cats have ‘tied the knot’ for a very heartbreaking reason.
Smitten kittens Christie and Lily wed in a pub beer garden in St Helens, Merseyside, at a ceremony with a difference.
Drinkers watched the unusual nuptials at The Windle pub and after days of preparation the the ‘couple’ married to raise money for five-year-old Kaycee Turner who suffers from a rare brain condition called Batten’s disease.
Owenr Marialaina Ashcroft, who is known as ‘crazy cat lady, as she has eight moggies, arranged the event and even gave her beloved pets away on their big day.
Marialaina told the Liverpool Echo : “Everyone in our community is aware of Kaycee’s condition and I just wanted to do something to help.”
She approached her local “pet friendly pub“ when she had the idea and they helped organise the whole thing to give the happy couple the wedding they deserve.
She said “My boyfriend and I would often take Christie to the pub with us and everyone adores him. He goes with me a lot of the time when I go out.”
Marialaine added: “I have two Sphynx and six moggys and I adore every single one of them.
“Christie has the most character. He’s a naughty boy, he torments them all but he makes me laugh out loud every single day, he makes me so happy.”
“My two sphynx’s always get loads of attention when I take them out in their pram. I’m interested in photography and I’m always taking funny videos of them.”
Marialaina says her friends are always commenting on her love for her pets and have praised her for putting her own unique spin on traditional fundraising.
The wedding was organised to support five-year-old Kaycee, who travels with her family every two weeks to Great Ormond Street Hospital in order for her to receive enzyme treatment that could prolong her life.
Marialaina said: “I didn’t raise as much money as I had hope but the look on Kaycee’s face when she saw the cats dressed up was completely worth it all.
“I’m glad they brought her as much joy as they bring me.”
Kaycee, from Sutton in St Helens, is no longer able to talk due to the condition and is currently undergoing enzyme treatment at Great Ormond Street hospital to increase her life expectancy.
Her family are currently travelling to London every two weeks for her to receive her treatment and the community have come together to help the family afford the trips.
Marialaina said: “The Windle pub graciously let me use their back garden to host the wedding and we had face painters there to turn everyone into cats for the day.
“I just wanted to do something fun and a little bit different for Kaycee. She’s a wonderful little girl and she deserves all the help in the world.”
Although Kaycee could not attend the entire day, she was able to make an appearance at the reception.
Marialaina said: “Her face was a picture and although we only raised £100, it was worth it to see that smile when she walked in.
“I would like to keep doing stuff to help raise funds for the family so any weird or wonderful ideas would be appreciated.”
You can find the JustGiving page for Kaycee here .
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