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Sad! Meet The Youngest Toddler To Die Of Cancer And Then Frozen Afterwards!

The distraught parents of a two-year-old cancer sufferer have frozen their daughter in the hopes that science will one day be able to revive her and allow her to live a healthy life.

Matheryn was just two years and two months old when she unexpectedly fell into a coma.Her anxious parents took her to hospital, where doctors discovered a four-and-a-half inch tumour swelling in the left-half of her brain.

The Thai toddler was diagnosed with Ependymoma – a slow-growing cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 30 per cent. Matheryn was rushed into surgery on April 14 2014.

Surgeons at the Bangkok hospital bored into the skull to relieve the increased pressure on the brain. Half of the Ependymoma tumour was then removed.  Matheryn awoke from her coma a week after the surgery.

Matheryn Naovaratpong was just two years and two months old when doctors discovered the tumour

But the cancer had spread.Over the following year, the toddler would undergo a further 12 operations on her brain, 20 chemotherapy sessions and 20 bouts of radiation therapy.

Young Matheryn lost 80 per cent of the left hemisphere of her brain over the course of these invasive procedures.

This resulted in the right side of her body becoming paralysed by November 2014.

“We had to prepare to say goodbye… said the parents

The toddler underwent some 12 operations on her brain

“Among family and relatives, we played and held her before we relieved her from the life support system, released her heavy load off her shoulder at 18:18.”

Matheryn died on January 8 2015 after her parents made the decision to switch off her life support.

After her death, Matheryn’s parents and her doctors decided to employ the services of US life-extension nonprofit, Alcor.The centre, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, currently holds 134 patients frozen at -196C in liquid nitrogen.

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The toddler underwent some 12 operations on her brain

The centre, which is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, currently holds 134 patients frozen at -196C in liquid nitrogen.Amongst the patients are US baseball star Ted Williams and his John Henry Williams.

“The family learned about Alcor on the internet,” Marji Kilma, the mother said

Alcor surgeons prepare a patient to be cryogenically frozen

Alcor surgeons prepare a patient to be cryogenically frozen

Alcor Life Extension Foundation’s Medical Response Director, Aaron Drake described the procedure: “Typically we’d move the head from the trunk of the body.”We didn’t know what their reaction would be from the family, the mortuary, from border officials; this has to go through a number of shipping venues, customs, the TSA and so on.

“To see a frozen head in a box might have raised a number of red flags. In the US that’s not a big deal, but there, they may not be accustomed.

“After the US Embassy in Thailand approved the shipment, the container was topped off with dry ice and shipped by airline to LAX for customs approval.”

During the procedure, the patient is laid on an ice bed – coating the body in freezing materials before restarting the heart with a ‘heart-lung-resuscitator’.

More than a dozen different medications are administered before the cryopatient’s blood is drained from the body.

Surgeons then fill the veins with medical-grade antifreeze – replacing the drained blood.

Then the body’s temperature is gradually lowered by 1C every hour.

It takes two weeks for the patient to reach -196C.

Matheryn’s parents have reportedly since signed up to Alcor as members, so that they can be revived with their daughter and “breathe again when the technology is provided”.

 

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Written by How Africa

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