A LEGAL battle is brewing between a cryogenics company and a client’s son, after the firm allegedly froze his deceased father’s head instead of his entire body.
Cryogenics is the art of freezing bodies by preserving a dead body with liquid nitrogen.
Kurt Pilgeram claims in a new lawsuit against the Arizona-based Alcor Life Extension Foundation that he received a package containing Dr. Laurence Pilgeram’s cremated body – which was allegedly against the family’s agreement.
Legal documents state the son opened the package that “purportedly contained his father’s cremated remains, except allegedly for his father’s head”, according to The Telegraph.
Laurence was 90 when he died from an apparent cardiac arrest outside his home in April 2015.
“There is little, if any, hope of bringing his head ‘back to life’ under the circumstances here”
Kurt Pilgeram’s legal filing
The scientist, who also worked in cryogenics, became the firm’s 135th patient, the website states, three years ago.
The filing states that British-born Dr. Max More was required to preserve all of his remains, “no matter how damaged”.
Kurt was left “shocked, horrified and extremely distressed” over the lab’s alleged wrongdoing, the filing sates.
“Kurt has suffered extreme emotional distress as a result of Alcor’s accusations and has been injured as alleged in an amount in excess of $1million.
“Alcor undertook such actions maliciously and oppressively, and with intent to cause injury.
“There is little, if any, hope of bringing his head ‘back to life’ under the circumstances here.”
The cryogenics company is yet to comment on the pending lawsuit.
An initial trial date has not yet been set.