In January of this year, a 3-year-old girl in
Thailand affectionately nicknamed Einz died as a result of brain cancer. Her parents
Sahatorn and Nareerat Naovaratpong and her 14-year-old brother Matrix grieved
the loss of their family's youngest member.
The parents, who both hold doctorates in engineering, chose to
cremate Einz's body and freeze her head in hopes that one day scientists will
find a cure and they will be able to reunite with their child.
Known in the medical community as cryonic
preservation, Einz is the youngest human to undergo
this procedure. Her remains are locked away in a vault in Arizona.
"We believe death can be overcome in the
future," said her father, according to USA Today. "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
Einz, whose given name was Matheryn, was
collected by the U.S.-based Alcor Life Extension Foundation, the world's
largest cryonics operation. The non-profit foundation charges $80,000 to
"neuropreserve" a human's brain.
Alcor's website states their goal is to
"save lives by using temperatures so cold that a person beyond help by
today's medicine might be preserved for decades or centuries until a future
medical technology can restore that person to full health."