Wednesday December 11, 2019
Home Science & Technology 14-year-old G...

14-year-old Girl who died of Cancer a month back, Wins the right to be Cryogenically Frozen in US

The teenager's frozen body is now in the United States at a cryopreservation facility

Dr. Jerry Lemler, president and CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation, stands in the Patient Care Bay area where the heads and bodies of 49 individuals are being held in cold storage suspension, at the company's headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, July 12, 2002. On Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, a British judge rules a the 14-year-old girl, who had terminal cancer and has died, can have her frozen body stored in the United States. VOA

A judge in Britain has granted the wish of a 14-year-old girl who suffered from terminal cancer but wanted to be cryogenically preserved, in what the judge called the first case of its kind in England and possibly the world.

The girl, who was not identified, told High Court Judge Peter Jackson she hoped to be brought back to life in the future, when her cancer could be cured. She died a month ago and the case was made public Friday.

NewsGram brings to you current foreign news from all over the world.

The girl’s lawyer, Zoe Fleetwood, said her wishes were carried out; the teenager’s frozen body is now in the United States at a cryopreservation facility.

The 14-year-old learned of the judge’s ruling 11 days before her death, and her lawyer said the decision “gave great comfort in the last days of her life.”

Check out NewsGram for latest international news updates.

Judge Jackson said he was persuaded by a letter the girl wrote, stating clearly that she wanted to try cryopreservation. He called her a “bright, intelligent young person who is able to articulate strongly held views on her current situation.” He said his ruling was based on what was best for the girl, and was not a ruling on the validity of cryopreservation.

NewsGram brings to you top news around the world today.

Some believe that cryopreservation may allow frozen bodies to be brought back to life in the future when science has advanced. Biological material preserved in this manner usually is frozen to the temperature of liquid nitrogen, nearly 200 degrees Celsius below zero, the temperature at which water freezes.

The girl’s divorced parents had disagreed about the procedure. He mother favored cryopreservation once it became clear her cancer was terminal; her father initially opposed the procedure. (VOA)

Next Story

Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

cryptocurrency. google
Google comes up with a new feature

Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?