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Dying girl's cryogenic wish was not landmark ruling.

A HIGH Court judge's ruling on a case involving a 14-year-old girl whose remains have been frozen is not a "landmark" decision on the rights and wrongs of cryonic preservation, according to her lawyer.

The teenager was terminally ill and wanted her remains to be frozen in the hope that she could be brought back to life.

But her divorced parents became embroiled in a dispute relating to whether her remains should be taken to a specialist facility in the United States and cryogenically preserved.

The girl, who lived in the London area with her mother and had a rare form of cancer, had taken legal action. She had asked Mr Justice Peter Jackson to rule that her mother - who supported her wish to be cryogenically preserved - should be the only person allowed to make decisions about the disposal of her body.

Mr Justice Jackson had made the ruling she wanted - following a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London - shortly before she died.

But the girl's solicitor, Zoe Fleetwood, said that Mr Justice Jackson had ruled on a dispute between parents - not on people's rights to have their remains frozen.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 19, 2016
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