Literally speaking Suspended animation is the slowing or stopping of life processes by exogenous or endogenous means without termination. or some far slowing down aging process. It is truly SCIENCE FICTION concept which you have witnessed in the movies like Prometheus & even star trek
It's like another method of CRYONICS i.e way of Life-Preservation But difference is that In CRYONICS organism are preserved in Liquid Nitrogen until they get reanimation this is not way in Suspended Animation
This "Suspended Animation" is now not far topic of Sci-Fiction As it has turn into Reality by Surgeons from the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it.
"According to Dr. Samuel Tisherman, talking to New
Scientist: "We are suspending life, but we don't like to
call it suspended animation because it sounds like
science fiction... we call it emergency preservation and
How It Works
After inducing fatal wounds in the pigs by cutting their arteries with scalpels, the team replaced the pigs' blood with saline, which lowered their body temperature to 10 degrees Celsius.
All of the control pigs, whose body temperature was left alone, died. The pigs who were resuscitated at a medium speed demonstrated a 90 percent survival rate, although some of their hearts had to be given a jump start. Afterwards, the pigs demonstrated no physical or cognitive impairment.
The technique, therefore, will only be used as an emergency measure on patients who have suffered cardiac arrest after severe traumatic injury, with their chest cavity open and having lost at least half their blood already — injuries that see only a seven percent survival rate. The survival rate of these patients will then be measured against a control group that has not received the treatment before further testing can begin.