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Hospital trials 'suspended animation'


Posted on Tuesday, 1 April, 2014 | Comment icon 21 comments

Can suspended animation save lives ? Image Credit: Anastasia Puscian / US Navy
A hospital in Pittsburgh is trialling a new technique designed to save patients on the brink of death.
The method works by preserving the patient in a near-death state for as long as possible to increase the time doctors have to restart their heart or to treat injuries such as gunshot wounds.

The process involves replacing the patient's blood with a special saline solution which halts all cellular activity within the body. Despite being clinically dead, the patient can still be brought back from this state by having their blood restored again once the injury has been successfully treated.

Researchers had previously tested the method out on pigs during a series of trial runs in which the animals were brought back to life even up to several hours later with no apparent physical or cognitive impairments.

"We've always assumed that you can't bring back the dead," said Peter Rhee who helped develop the technique. "But it's a matter of when you pickle the cells."

Source: Liberty Voice | Comments (21)

Tags: Suspended Animation


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by WierdHalfling on 2 April, 2014, 1:52
Pickle? Well at least the survivors if any would have something to chew on...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Calibeliever on 2 April, 2014, 15:32
It will certainly increase the numbers of NDEs reported if successful. Here's hoping some lives can be saved with this technique.
Comment icon #14 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 2 April, 2014, 21:39
At 90 years old it doesn't really matter what she does, bless her heart.
Comment icon #15 Posted by seeder on 2 April, 2014, 21:44
True but the post said Jesus told her..."many years ago" quote: My Mother did claim she saw Jesus when she had her by-pass surgury many years ago. She also had a pacemaker put in. She send Jesus told her she had more to do. She's going to be 90 and still going. So if Jesus said she had 'more to do' many years ago, its a valid question, with an assumption that she had to DO something. Right?
Comment icon #16 Posted by WierdHalfling on 2 April, 2014, 22:22
Simply to 'live' is good enough...
Comment icon #17 Posted by BNDGK on 3 April, 2014, 0:58
Could this apply to patients with say a terminal disease? Say cancer or AIDS. Could we possibly find some sort of cure or way to ensure the life of someone with a terminal disease?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Calibeliever on 3 April, 2014, 14:12
Good question. They talked about a 4-6 hour period but one has to wonder how far they can push that envelope.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Gomar on 7 April, 2014, 17:30
This is lifted straight from an episode of 'The 6Million $ Gringo' in which Jamie Sommers was declared dead, but revived by cryogenics... she went on to kick tuhis with her own bionics.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Erowin on 27 April, 2014, 4:55
We really need to update our definition of death. The heart ceasing to beat shouldn't be called 'dead' because technically it's not. 'Dead' should be a term meaning all brain activity is gone and organs can no longer function. In that definition these people are not 'dead', they are in a suspended state.


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