23 Year Old Neuro Student With Brain Cancer Cryogenically Preserved

Owen Poindexter
Kim Suozzi died of brain cancer this month at the age of 23. If she gets her last wish, dying won't be the last thing she ever does.

Suozzi recorded this video five months before her (hopefully temporary) death.

They say that death always gets the last laugh, but Kim Suozzi is putting that idea to the test. Suozzi, 23, died on January 17th, of brain cancer, but just after passing away, she was cryogenically frozen. Cryopreservation is a procedure in which the body is kept at a very low temperature to preserve it from decay, in the hopes that eventually science will progress to the point of curing or removing a fatal ailment.

Suozzi was a neuroscience student at Truman State when she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in a location that made operating impossible. She kept the public updated through reddit, and her blog. While initially she asked for donations to help her enjoy her final days, her attention eventually turned to cryopreservation. From Suozzi's blog:

Many of you know that I’m agnostic; I don’t have any clue what happens when you die, but have no reason to think that my consciousness will continue on after death. The only thing that I can think to make me feel a little more at ease with my death is to secure cryopreservation plans on the off-chance that they figure out how to revive people in the future. The way I see it, it’s a better bet than decomposing or getting cremated.

Suozzi proceeded to raise $27,000 in one week, and, with another $2,100 from redditors and others, had enough for the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, a nonprofit cryonics organization, to freeze her hours after she died.

This news makes me wonder what the world will be like on the day that this is no longer news, and when we have a perpetual answer to death.