In a vat of liquid nitrogen on storage platform 17, the youngest person ever to be put into cryogenic storage has been waiting for the future for one year and eight months. Advertisement Matheryn "Einz" Naovaratpong was two when she was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal brain cancer. "She showed fighting spirit since she was born," her father Sahatorn Naovaratpong tells me. "Her cry was the loudest in the nursery." Einz died shortly before her third birthday. Her parents preserved her at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Arizona shortly after. They were accused, over and over, of partaking in a bizarre and misguided form of grieving, and clinging to false hope. Sahatorn and Nareerat Naovaratpong—both of whom hold PhDs in science and engineering—argue that cryonics is a misunderstood branch of science "at the edge of human limitation," as Sahatorn says. The parents insist that they preserved Matheryn not for themselves, but for her. Advertisement "Einz might have an opportunity to live in the future, but for me, I have lost someone," Sahatorn says, remembering Einz's last evening, in the bedroom where she was raised since birth. Sahatorn gave his dying daughter a final dose of anesthesia and… Read full this story
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