Matheryn Naovaratpong, who went by the nickname "Einz," passed away from brain cancer in January in Bangkok, Thailand.
Her parents had her 2-year-old body cremated, but sent her head to Arizona where it is frozen with a medical type of anti-freeze.
Sahatorn and Nareerat Naovaratpong hope that future scientific technology will be able to bring their little girl's head back to life someday.
Sahatorn, the girl's father, told GlobalPost:
We believe death can be overcome in the future. Human beings are seeing technology increasing exponentially. It just doubles, doubles, doubles. If our computer systems proceed like this, they’ll double their abilities minute by minute. That would allow us to solve the world’s biggest problems.
The girl's brain has been frozen by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which charges $80,000 per noggin. So far, 134 heads have been placed on ice at the non-profit.
The Alcor Life Extension Foundation website states:
The object of cryonics is to prevent death by preserving sufficient cell structure and chemistry so that recovery (including recovery of memory and personality) remains possible by foreseeable technology. If indeed cryonics patients are recoverable in the future, then clearly they were never really dead in the first place.
Today's physicians will simply have been wrong about when death occurs, as they have been so many times in the past. The argument that cryonics cannot work because cryonics patients are dead is a circular argument.
The toddler began her life as a frozen embryo who came into the world via IVF and a surrogate.
The child's family is so confident that their daughter's head will be revived that they are putting videos, family pictures, medical records and letters on hard drives for her to read someday.
Sahatorn and Nareerat also plan to be frozen after their deaths in hopes of being reunited in the future.
However, Sahatorn admits, "Honestly, it will be hard to see her again. The probability is very low.”
"If I don’t die in the next 30 years, maybe we’ll meet again. That’s how long it might take for science to figure out how to rejuvenate an old man and extend his life," Sahatorn added.