Cryopreserved teenager's father hits out at firms for "selling false hope"

The 14-year-old recently won a landmark legal battle to have her remains frozen after her death

The father of a British girl who won a landmark legal battle to have her body cryogenically frozen after her death has accused firms who practice the technique of “selling false hope.”

The 14-year-old girl had her remains frozen and stored in the hope she could be revived at some point in the future after winning a UK High Court battle shortly before she died.

Her father initially opposed the idea, whoever he changed his mind during the court case, saying it was, “the last and only thing she has asked from me.”

Today, he told the Mail on Sunday that he is still strongly opposed to the concept and suggested the firm providing the service was “taking advantage of vulnerable people.”

"When I asked if there was even a one in a million chance of my daughter being brought back to life, they could not say there was," he said.

The girl’s parents are divorced and she had no face-to-face contact with her father since 2008.

She resisted his attempts to get back in touch when he learnt of her illness in 2015 and he learned of his daughter’s wish to be cryogenically preserved after reading it in court documents.

“I am not religious and I don’t believe in the afterlife,” he told the paper. “None of the hospital doctors were in favour of her being cryopreserved - none of them think it will ever work.”  

“I am no expert, but I am a rationalist, and I put my trust in their medical opinion. 

“If there is any good that can come of my daughter’s death, and this interview, it is that funds are raised for Cancer Research UK, so we can eventually cure cancer.”

The girl arrived at the Cryonics Institute in Michigan eight days after her death in Britain last month.

The president of the Institute, Dennis Kowaski denied the procedure was profiting from people's fears.

He told the Mail on Sunday, the institute is a non-profit organisation that provides “no guarantees” the procedure will ever work adding that the smallest chance of returning to life is better than the alternative, “which is zero.”