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Teen Cancer Victim Wins Lawsuit To Have Body Frozen

A 14-year-old British girl has won a lawsuit against her father to have her body cryogenically frozen after being diagnosed with cancer.

The teenage girl's name was not released. While battling cancer, she underwent a legal battle to have her body cryogenically frozen, the Daily Mail reported. The teen's mother agreed to her final wish, but her father refused.

"Even if the treatment is successful and she is brought back to life in, let's say, 200 years, she may not find any relative and she might not remember things," the father said in court. "She may be left in a desperate situation - given that she is still only 14-years-old - and will be in the United States of America."

The father was also concerned about the $45,000 cost and the harsh process of preserving his daughter's body.

The 14-year-old girl pleaded for the judge to grant her final wish in a letter she wrote while on her deathbed.

"I am only 14-years-old and I don't want to die but I know I am going to die," she wrote. "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.

"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."

The girl asked that her mother be the only person granted permission to make decisions about the disposal of her body. Judge Peter Jackson agreed.

Judge Jackson visited the girl before her Oct. 17 death. He said she died peacefully knowing that her final wish would be granted. The judge added that the girl's father was also persuaded in the end.

"I respect the decisions she is making," he said. "This is the last and only thing she has asked from me."

Zoe Fleetwood, the girl's attorney, said her client called Judge Jackson her "hero" after she was informed of the court's decision just days before her death.

"By October 6, the girl knew that her wishes were going to be followed," Fleetwood told BBC Radio. "That gave her great comfort. Very sadly she died on October 17. She had those last few days knowing that her wish was granted."

"It was a great privilege to represent her. She had extraordinary determination," she added. "When the decision was communicated to her on October 6, she was very pleased. She was delighted and she wanted to see the judge.

"The judge did go and see her the very next day. She communicated to me after the meeting and she referred to the judge as Mr. 'Hero' Peter Jackson."

The teenager's body is reportedly inside a "cryostat" tank in the Michigan-based Cryonics Institute. Her body is being preserved at around -321F and she is the first British child to be cryogenically frozen.

"The case was not about the rights and wrongs of cryo-preservation," Fleetwood said. "In accordance with the children's case which go before the courts, this case is about the child's welfare and her wishes being followed."

Sources: Daily Mail, BBC Radio / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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