Taken from the Headline of the Tribune Democrat on July 28, 2015
Kupchella’s Gives Life!
Johnstown- Dr. Lyle Kupchella has served the community as one of the most successful doctors in the field of medicine that Johnstown has held for years. His prominent work in the field of cancer treatment has saved hundreds, and in 2010 Kupchella retired from his 25 year career as a doctor, and began work as a scientist. On Monday, July 27 2015, Kupchella unveiled a human being. To be more specific, a mechanic human being, but possessing all the qualities of its predecessor, Richard Cale; a 15 year old boy tragically killed in a car crash in May of 2013.
Cale’s father is a close friend of Kupchella’s, and says that he’s encouraged Kupchella’s research in cybernetic re-animation since the idea surfaced in 2007, when he tried to assist a patient in giving him his wife back as she died of an unidentified cancer. At the unveiling, Cale was beaming, with tears of joy at the site of his son, looking precisely the same as he did before his death in 2014. “I asked Dr. Kupchella, and his friend John if they wanted to record my family for their research. I figured it couldn’t hurt, in case something terrible should ever happen. I didn’t believe it until I saw it, but they’ve given me my boy back,” 42 year old Ian Cale said in regards to the experiment. The newly revived Richard claims to have memories of everything up until the night of his death, where he was hit and killed by a drunk driver while walking home from the Westmont Lanes bowling alley.
Kupchella’s work combines the skills of a doctor, and a technological genius; replacing, and in some situations rebuilding organs inside of a metal exoskeleton, designed to mimic the former host’s body. “The subject must be recorded constantly, in every part of his or her daily life,” Kupchella said at the unveiling, “We use this data to program the new body. The new body is taught to move in the exact fashion of its subject, and a chip is implanted in a synthetic brain, which gives the brain all the knowledge gained of the host’s life.
“We use the organs, and the tissue of the subject so that we can keep everything the same. The subject’s eating habits, sex drive, bowel movements, and daily habits all remain the same. The catch is that the new host remains the same age for an indefinite period of time. “The doc wasn’t able to make Richie age, because his skeleton’s mechanical, but we’re okay with that. We love him so much just the way he is,” Cale said of his son. “I’m eternally grateful that Dr. Kupchella gave me another shot at life,” Richie said of the operation.
Kupchella’s previous efforts failed due to lack of extensive enough data, beginning at the hospital in 2009, when Kupchella unveiled his prototype; based on Janine Thompson, who could only recall vague pieces of her past, and who’s personality mimicked her dying months too much for her husband to deal with. John Thompson, however, continued helping Dr. Kupchella in his work after the experiment. “It’s been the most painful thing I could ever deal with, coping with the death of my wife, but I knew that it wasn’t Lyle’s fault that Janine didn’t work right; I didn’t start recording her until after she got sick. I knew that he could do it someday, and I’ve been working with him ever since,” Thompson said.
Kupchella’s plan, which he dually announced yesterday at the unveiling, is to open the world’s first Cybernetic Research Facility for the Reanimation of Humans (CRFRH), where he and his staff will work around the clock collecting data for all patients willing to pay the $200,000 a person. “I’m not pleased to have to ask this price, and I hope that we can eventually work it into such a thing that everyone could receive this process, but the work is very expensive. In fact, I’m hardly making anything on it myself. I’m doing it solely for the people,” Kupchella said in a heartwarming end to his speech. Kupchella claims that the research facility will be open by April, so long as construction and funding all goes as planned.