Name: ji jim
What are the chances of returning to life after cryogenic suspense with
minimal brain damage?
A bit slim, actually. The problem with wrapping someone up like a TV dinner
and sticking him into a fancy Fridgidaire is not so much in the freezing process itself
but in thawing the person out (I always wondered if you'd have to wrap them in a
vacuum seal to guard against freezer burn...) When frozen, big crystals can form
inside the body (we ARE around 80% water, after all..) which can rip up your blood
vessels mighty nasty like. The probability of survival after all your blood vessels
have been run through a microscopic pasta machine are pretty low...
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