Doctors and Surgeons Look to Revisit Suspended Animation Testing

By: Michael Baxter - Apr 2, 2014
References: metafilter & neatorama
Many of us have heard about suspended animation in one way or another. Usually the term is used in cartoons and science fiction films as a way to travel through time or revive the dead; the process has even been tied to the late Walt Disney. Scientists at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will look to use suspended animation to try and revive those who have suffered fatal wounds.

Turns out suspended animation is actually a real thing. It may not work exactly yet but scientists have an idea for how to use the science fiction surgery method in the real world.

What scientists and doctors would be doing is inserting freezing gel into the body instead of blood to stop all cell activity. After the body has been completely frozen, they would do all surgical repairs and restart the body.