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Ready for suspended animation?

The emergency preservation and resuscitation procedure has already been used on at least one patient to give doctors more time

Devangshu Datta 

Devangshu Datta

Suspended animation is an old science fiction (SF) trope. The SF idea is, freeze a living body and temporarily stop all its functions. Keep it in a sterile environment, where it will not decay.

Resuscitate later. In various SF scenarios, this (non-existent) technology is used to make long spaceflights, and to preserve somebody with an incurable disease until a cure is found. In real life, medical researchers have started looking at a far more feasible scenario. A patient taken into an emergency room with near-fatal injuries could be put into suspended animation through an emergency ...

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First Published: Thu, November 21 2019. 21:27 IST
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