71-year-old Mary Robbins signed a contract with Alcor Life Extension Foundation back in 2006 to preserve her brain by cryonics, and she agreed to pay a $50,000 annuity for the service.
Her family says Robbins changed her mind in the final days before her death, and they want to keep her body in intact. They also want to keep the $50,000.
Alcor preserves people's brains with liquid nitrogen, it says, "in a state that will be viable and treatable by future medicine."
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