Adult cartoon “Futurama” tells the story of a man named Fry who accidentally tumbles into a cryogenic chamber at midnight on the crux between 1999 and 2000.
Fry wakes up in the year 3000 – and things are a little different, to say the least.
But as it turns out, Fry’s future isn’t so far-fetched. At least, the cryogenic part of it.
Because at Alcor Life Extension Foundation, 199 humans are already nestled snug in their cryo chambers and awaiting a future where they can receive medical attention for the conditions that are killing them.
These people (or their proxies) made the choice to preserve the 199 bodies and heads in the hope that they can be revived in the future, and many of them are patients who suffer from cancer, ALS or other diseases with no current cure.
The youngest patient in a tube is Matheryn Naovaratpong, a little girl from Thailand who had brain cancer. Both of her parents were doctors but nothing could save her – so they went for the Hail Mary and contacted Alcor.
Legendary baseball player, Ted Williams, died in 2002 and is one of Alcor’s patients. Paris Hilton has expressed interest and signed up for cryopreservation. Simon Cowell once signed up, but then later changed his mind.
The CEO of Alcor, Max More, says cryo preservation is just an extension of emergency medicine and they pledge to keep these bodies preserved until science catches up to their needs.
It costs $200K to preserve a body and $80K to preserve just the brain. Some experts are skeptical of Alcor’s claims, calling the possibility of dethawing and curing them in the future “far-fetched.”