A 14-year-old girl who has a very rare form of cancer has been granted her wish to be cryogenically frozen with the hope of being brought back to life.
She told the court that they should intervene because her divorced parents seem to have divergent views about her request.
How cryonics works: Process of freezing bodies explained: He had visited the girl in hospital and agreed her mother, who supported her decision, could have sole control over decisions about the disposal of her body.
He said he had been moved by the “valiant way” in which she had faced her “predicament” and there was no doubt she had the mental capacity to launch legal action.
He added she had spent months researching how she could be frozen and “she died peacefully in the knowledge her body would be preserved in the way she wished”.
The teenager, from the London area, had written to Mr Justice Jackson explaining she wanted a chance to “live longer”.
He recorded what she had said in his ruling on the case.
The girl had written: “I have been asked to explain why I want this unusual thing done.
“I am only 14-years-old and I don’t want to die but I know I am going to die.
“I think being cryo-preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up – even in hundreds of years’ time.I don’t want to be buried underground. I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they may find a cure for my cancer and wake me up.I want to have this chance. This is my wish.”
Mr Justice Jackson said the girl’s arrangement cost around £37,000, and while the family are not well-off, the mother’s parents had raised the money.
This is the first time the court will receive an application such as this both in England and Wales, and probably anywhere else.
The terminally ill girl won the historic legal fight when the court granted her wish.