Breakthrough: Doctors Can Freeze And Thaw People Keeping Them Alive!
A modern medical breakthrough. The idea of freezing and thawing people has been the stuff of Hollywood movies for years.
You may recall, the 1984 movies Iceman in which an anthropologist Stanley Shephard thawed the body of an iceman who supposedly had been frozen for 40,000 years or the 2016 space drama Passenger; in which two people who are awakened ninety years too early from an induced frozen state of hibernation on a spaceship traveling 60 light-years from Earth.
Both were too unreal to be taken seriously. However, doctors have recently been able to save many lives by employing this technique of lowering the body temperature of their patients. It’s called”suspended animation.” The way suspended animation would work is that a person in critical condition, such as a victim of a stab or gunshot wound, can effectively “pause” their bodily functions while doctors repair their injuries.
We interrupt life, but we don’t like to call it disabled animation because it sounds like science fiction. Samuel Tisherman told New Scientist, “We’re trying to buy more time to save lives.”The studies are conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center on patients with acute trauma. The non-sci-fi name for the suspended animation technology is EPR: Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation. This is how the stopped animation works, The EPR technique works as follows: The patient’s blood is replaced with ice-cold saline. This cools the patient’s body so quickly that the heart stops beating and brain activity stops. That may sound scary – maybe even fatal – but there is actually nothing to fear.
When the body is at a normal temperature, the cells need constant oxygen to stay alive. But the ice-cold salt solution slows down the chemical reactions in the cells so much that they no longer need as much oxygen. The person does not die, but their vital functions are briefly interrupted so that they do not bleed out before the doctors can help them. Acute trauma patients usually have a chance of survival of less than 5%. Technology hopes to raise that percentage much, much higher. The future of suspended animation The human brain can only survive for about five minutes without oxygen. But with EPR, doctors and surgeons have two hours to repair patients’ wounds before their bodies are warmed up and their hearts restarted. Thorough results of the EPR trials should be announced by the end of 2020. In the meantime, there are still questions that need to be answered: How long can a person stay in a paused animation without side effects? What would these side effects be? How quickly could this be implemented in other emergency rooms across the country?
While the truth about EPR is that it is just a technique designed to prolong life, the real question that begs to be answered is where will you spend eternity? Do you know where you will spend eternity? Have you found peace with God, or do you fear death? If you fear death and need the assurance that you will live forever, then ask God to forgive you of your sins, and invite his Son Jesus Christ into your life to be your Lord and Savior. He died a cruel death on the cross for your sins and then God raised him up for your justification. His death gives you the right to live forever. With Jesus, we can know that we will live forever. Ask him to be your savior today.