Suspended Animation

I just watched this TED Talk from last year where biochemist Mark Roth explained the advancements that were made in the field of suspended animation.

He talked about how suspended animation with the right concentrations and exposure of the toxic gas hydrogen sulfide has helped reduce damage to organs and tissue. Mark also mentioned how much this can help people in trauma.

This has got me thinking about the possibilities this may unlock. If there can be a standard way to suspend a trauma victim and buy them a tremendous amount of time, this could be one of the best advancements in modern medicine. Just think about small town out in the middle of nowhere, where there is no hospital for miles, that has this on hand. If someone in the town has a heart attack and is administered hydrogen sulfide to give them more time, they could be airlifted to the nearest hospital suspended, but still alive, where they can then get all the medical attention they need. This could give proper medical attention to those who may otherwise have no choice but to be treated by someone who is medically untrained and is subject to possibly fatal mistakes.

Much is yet to be learned about suspended animation, but if we can get through it, perfect it, and establish it safely into society, I can’t imagine how many lives it could save.

What are your thoughts on suspended animation? What do you believe the future could be like with suspended animation?

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  1. WOW… that was some really amazing information! I whole-heartedly agree… The idea of the amount of lives that could be saved is just mind blowing! I’m really into miracles that come only from God… but I’m also into God giving man the knowledge to be able (in the speakers words – paraphrasing of course) “make miracles happen a little more common”!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

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