Can humans possess technology to revive a risen dead? That is the question that so many people desire to answer now. And half a century ago, Dr. James Hiram Bedford once had the same hope. With a strong desire to live, the man volunteered to freeze his body with a promise to be revived in 2017.
It’s been 3 years since that milestone, everyone wants to know the fate of a man once considered the richest man in America …
Live a life worth living
James Hiram Bedford is a professor of psychology at the University of California and a veteran of World War I. He lived a life worth living in the middle of the 20th century, married twice and set foot in many lands around the world. He has hunted in Africa, traveled to the Amazon rainforest and traveled throughout Greece, Turkey, Spain, England, Scotland, Germany and Switzerland. Bedford was also one of the first to drive on the Alcan Highway to northwestern Canada and Alaska.
Young James Bedford.
Traveling a lot, James always has many remarkable contemplations about the purpose of life and the meaning of death.
James was born into a family “nothing but conditions”, his parents were wealthy in the area. Besides, James also possesses intelligence than people. James is said to be gentle, quiet and responsible. The students who have been taught by him all praise their teachers as a person of great intellect and an exemplary teacher.
James has had many adventures in his life, but perhaps the most special adventure began when his heart stopped beating.
Adventure in the bank
In 1967, James was diagnosed with end-stage kidney cancer, the cancer had metastasized to the lungs and with the capacity of medicine at that time, James could only receive death sentences. Earlier, James had read the idea in the book The Prospect of Immortality by Dr. Robert Ettinger – who is considered the father of the body freezing test, founder of Cryonics Institute – the unit specializes in providing post-mortem freezing services.
Robert Nelson takes the first freezing steps for Professor James. He was injected with dimethyl sulfoxide after his death on the afternoon of January 12, 1967.
Earlier in April 1966, a woman was frozen in Arizona, but only lasted a few months. It is speculated that because she was embalmed too late, the cell partially decomposed and if she could be “resurrected”, her brain would be seriously damaged.
The story of James’s freezing process was revealed in the Daily Telegraph (UK) in January 2017.
Accordingly, James said the last words to Robert Nelson, now 82, one of the three scientists directly involved in the freezing event of his body that: “I want you to understand that I do not do this with thought. that I will be revived. I do this in the hope that one day my children and grandchildren will benefit from this wonderful scientific solution. ” Before his death, James left a sum of more than 100,000 USD (more than 2 billion at the current exchange rate) to serve the process of freezing his body.
On January 12, 1967, James stopped his heart in a nursing home, aged 73. Dr. Renault Able did CPR and massaged his heart to help him maintain blood circulation in his body. The blood was then removed and injected with dimethyl sulfoxide to protect the internal organs. Finally, they placed James in a tank of liquid nitrogen at a temperature of minus 196 degrees Celsius.
Cecilia Bedford (daughter of Dr. James) by the pool of her father-in-law’s body in April 1970. This tank has been moved through many storage units, before stopping at Alcor from 1982 to the present.
However, when the freezer had not finished, the three scientists decided to temporarily store Professor James’s body somewhere. Robert placed James in a wooden coffin filled with ice, picked up his Ford pickup and drove him home. However, Professor James’s first wife did not allow it and threatened to report it to the police.
Robert was left alone by a pickup truck carrying the body of Professor James to a temporary shelter at a friend’s house in Topanga gorge. Robert said: “It is the capital of hippy people. I drove along bumpy roads, carrying behind a frozen body. This is crazy!“.
Professor James’s body has been temporarily preserved in Topanga for more than 2 weeks. At the same time, his step-wife and son completed legal procedures for frozen operations.
After the first body storage box for Professor Bedford was designed, he was moved back to Arizona and stored at the cryogenics unit, Cryo-Care Medical Equipment in Phoenix.
But the arduous journey has not stopped. In April 1970, Bedford was taken to Galiso testing equipment manufacturing and repair company, in Southern California. During his time at Galiso, James’s body tank had to be between unfinished tanks and other messy, dust-filled testing equipment. The strange thing is that through many challenges the frozen state remains the same.
In July 1976, the family moved James to another facility, also in California. His wife and son James respect his will but others in the family do not accept this particular way of “resting.” As a result, a legal battle between the James members broke out. The $ 100,000 in assets he left behind for the freezing run out, due to too much spending on the lawsuit.
Some boxes preserve the body. A box can hold the bodies of 5 people.
In 1977, due to the increasing cost of preserving James’s body, his son had to take his father’s body home and occasionally liquid nitrogen himself.
In 1982, the Alcor Life Extension Foudation agreed to take over the preservation of Professor James’s body, and he was taken to rest in a luxurious complex of the Alcor Company on the edge of the Sonoran Desert.
In 1991, Alcor decided to open James’s body container and check his frozen status after 24 years. Cutting through the metal mantle of the vase, Alcor’s technicians saw James in a light blue sleeping bag, strapped to a nylon string rack. They transferred him to a polystyrene foam nitrogen bath and began to examine him.
Technicians say James’s body is well preserved. His face looked younger than he was 73 years old. Some areas of his chest and neck were discolored and two holes in his body were removed. Professor James’s nose and mouth smelled of blood. His eyes were half-open and the cornea white of ice. His legs were exposed with his right leg crossed over his left leg.
Some cracks on the skin surface have been found, but overall, the preservation process for James is considered to be good. The technicians at Alcor then pack Professor James back into a new sleeping bag and dip his body into liquid nitrogen to continue waiting.
Now, three years have passed by the time people promise James to wake up, he is still just a “mummy” is stacked vertically with 145 other frozen people …
(Source: Amusingplanet, Daily Telegraph)