Under the supervision of referees and in front of about fifty people who came to support him, Romain Vanderdorpe, a 34-year-old health professional, remained immersed for 2 hours 35 minutes and 43 seconds in a Plexiglas cabin filled with ice cubes until his neck. He thus broke the previous world record by 40 minutes.

Mr. Vandendorpe wanted to “go beyond human limits” to call for donations in favor of the association Wonder augustine and show that “if we train, if we give everything, we can move forward, obtain results that can improve things.”

“Make the impossible possible”

Coming out of the ice once the record is broken, Romain Vandendorpe wanted to “send a big message to all children who are currently suffering from cancer: we must keep hope.”

“I’m happy for the association, I thought a lot about Augustine. Making the impossible possible, that was the meaning to give to this record,” he added.

Intensive training

To achieve this performance, Romain Vandendorpe has developed “neuro-cognitive techniques” based on “imagination and concentration”, which allow him to place himself “in a waking dream state”.

He trained for two years at home, in a jacuzzi filled with cold water then in a 500-liter freezer, and finally in the high-altitude snow in Chamonix, he explained to the journalists present.

Pediatric cancer research

“Everyone can donate one euro for each minute Romain spent immersed in the ice,” explained Steeve de Matos, president of the Wonder Augustine Association, which raises funds for research into brainstem cancer.

This association was founded in Wattrelos two years ago following the death of little Augustine on October 8, 2018 at the age of 4, two months after the diagnosis of this disease.

Mr. Vandendorpe had accompanied Augustine a few days before his death. In addition to funding research, Steeve de Matos hopes with the association “to adapt neuro-cognitive techniques to support children with cancer” with Mr. Vandendorpe.