Woman Wants To Be Cryogenically Frozen With Her Pet Corgi
How much do you love your dog? A lot. Enough to share a bed with them? Perhaps. What about being hung upside down in a frozen tank with them for the foreseeable future? Might be a bit much.
Debbie Fleming from Orlando doesn't seem to think so, however, as she is planning to be cryogenically frozen with her pet corgi, Sherry. It takes all sorts.
The 55-year-old revealed the inspiration behind the decision was her dad, who was cryogenically frozen when he died back in 2013.
Apparently Debbie's earliest memories are of him talking about cryonics, a personal interest he'd picked up after being handed a flyer about it in the 1960s.
"Mum and I used to joke that he 'lived to die', he was always preparing, making sure everything was in place so that death wouldn't have to be the end," she said.
"Dad used to say if you're buried or cremated you have zero percent chance of coming back, but if you're frozen there's a slight chance - he thought it was worth it and so do I."
He's certainly got us there. More recently, Debbie went on an episode of This Morning to describe her hopes that with the development of nanotechnology, eventually 'robots will be able to go in and fix whatever was wrong with you'.
"I get mad when people say that it's never going to work, because you can't be closed minded about everything. Two hundred years ago, heart transplants weren't possible, nor was cloning a sheep," she explained. "I really believe that it'll work one day."
Long before Debbie's dad John passed away aged 84 from sepsis, Debbie had decided she was going to be cryogenically frozen with him so that he wouldn't be alone, after both her sister and mum refused. However, in more recent years she's decided to bring Sherry along for the ride.
"Why not?" she said during the interview. "I think it would be nice if it actually does work and we come back - why not have your best friend there with you?"
Clearly Sherry doesn't quite agree, as she made a run for it the moment her owner started talking about nanotechnology. Maybe dogs aren't so into the idea.
The process of cryogenic freezing sees a person (or pet) stored upside down in a huge tank, cooled with liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -321 degrees fahrenheit.
Currently there are only three major facilities that carry out this practice - two in America and one in Russia. John's body was placed in the world's largest facility, The Cryonics Institute (CI) near Detroit, where 173 humans and 167 animals are frozen.
"He loved the place. He was always excited by The Cryonics Institute - for him it signified the hope of life after death," added Debbie.
As you'd imagine, the whole thing doesn't come cheap, costing around £21,500 per person and an additional £4,500 for the pup.
Still, perhaps it's a small price to pay if you get to explore the future with your one and only best friend in tow.
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