Playing God

Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews, 04/11/2010

“Then He said to Ezekiel, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD’” (Eze 37:4).

The doors to the operating room opened and Pete was promptly rolled in.

Over a dozen doctors and staff were already waiting for him.

Working quickly yet routinely, within a few minutes the surgeons had gained access to Pete’s major blood vessels.

As they were going about their task, the patient’s body temperature was lowered from what only that morning had been 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit—normal body temperature—to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

This process permitted the doctors to stop Pete’s blood circulation without harming his brain.

Next, the patient was connected to a perfusion machine, replacing Pete’s blood with a chemical solution to prevent ice from forming in his body.

The surgeons then hooked Pete up to a heart-lung machine and gradually pumped a cryoprotectant solution into his body.

He was then transferred from the operating room to the cool-down facility, where he was chilled to minus 202 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the four-hour procedure, technicians placed Pete in an upright aluminum cylinder, immersing him in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of minus 320 degrees.

Pete was now in what is known as “cryonic suspension.”

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