Inside a US lab where 200 frozen people wait to be brought back to life


The Alcor Life Extension Foundation stores frozen heads and bodies in its laboratory in Scottsdale, Arizona, and believes that science may one day bring them back to life.

Hugh Hixon cryopreservative fills a container intended to hold a patient's brain with liquid nitrogen
Hugh Hixon cryopreservative fills a container intended to hold a patient’s brain with liquid nitrogen

The frozen heads and bodies of 200 people are stored in a laboratory in the hope that they may be brought back to life in the future.

A whole body can be frozen for just under £150,000, while the head and brain alone cost around £59,000.

The process, known as cryonics, is being offered by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

Alcor operates under the belief that science and technology will advance to the point of being able to revive the dead in the future.

The bodies are shipped to Scottsdale, Arizona, where the company is based, and stored at very low temperatures for decades or even centuries, The Sun reports.

Experts slowly lower the temperature and store the bodies in a giant container of liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees.

The Alcor Life Extension Foundation offers the service in Scottsdale Arizona


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Each body is usually packed in ice and frozen before the blood is replaced with a cryoprotective formula to prevent ice crystal formation.

Linda and Fred Chamberlain founded the company in 1972.

The couple met at a cryonics conference in the early 1970s when Fred was working as an engineer for NASA and Linda was in college.

She told CNET: “Our goals were to start an organization that could save people’s lives and give them the opportunity to regain health and function.

Hixon prepares an operating room at Alcor in Scottsdale, Arizona


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“If we had known how difficult it was going to be, we might not have tried to do it. But once you start, something about saving lives, you can’t give up.”

Supporters of cryonics believe that death is a process of deterioration and not the moment when the heart stops.

But critics have dismissed the industry as science fiction or even fraud.

One of the bodies held by Alcor belongs to two-year-old Matheryn Naovaratpong, who was nicknamed Einz.

Two-year-old Matheryn Naovaratpong became the youngest person to be cryogenically frozen



President and CEO of the Alcor Life Extension Dr. Jerry Lemler Foundation



The girl’s parents, from Thailand, have vowed to do everything they can to keep their daughter alive after she was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer in 2015.

Desperate to find a way to save their little girl, Sahatorn and Nareerat Naovaratpong resorted to an extreme solution.

When it became clear that no medical intervention could stop the relentless march through Einz’s body, it was determined that Einz would freeze his body to allow him a chance to live again.

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