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The Cryonics Institutes 140th Patient

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 140

 

CI patient #140 was an 84 year old male from California.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.

 

The next of kin had contracted with a local funeral director to provide initial cooling and transport services.  The patient died in the morning on September 30, 2016.  The patient’s head was covered in water ice by the hospital staff and the local funeral director injected heparin and performed chest compressions.  The patient was then taken to the funeral home and kept in water ice and refrigeration while transit permits were obtained.

 

 

The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 9:10am on the 2nd of October, approximately 48 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 4c. A few clots were observed during the beginning of the perfusion, but none after that.  There was good return from the jugular veins.

 

Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion.  The perfusion was completed at 10:30 am.  During the perfusion there were 6 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 15 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4277.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4335.  The average perfusion pressure was held at 132mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.6 liters per minute and was reduced to .4 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion.  Considerable dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin.  A small amount of edema was noted in the eyelids.  There was some uptake of cryoprotective solution noted in the body as was evidenced by some dehydration and bronzing of the skin. There was no circulation below the knees.

 

The patient was then placed in the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature.  The human vitrification program was selected and the time needed to cool the patient to liquid nitrogen temperature was five days and 11 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.

The Cryonics Institutes 139th Patient

Saturday, 1 October 2016 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 139

CI patient #139 was a CI member at the time of the patients death.  The next of kin had contracted with a local funeral director to provide perfusion, dry ice cooling and transport services.  The patient was perfused with CI’s vitrification solution, which was purchased from CI and immediately placed in dry ice.  The funeral director then proceeded to obtain the necessary permits to transport the patient to the US in dry ice.

The Cryonics Institute’s 138th Patient

Tuesday, 2 August 2016 by System Administrator

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 138 

CI patient #138 is a 74 year-old female who was pronounced legally dead in Washington State on July 20th, 2016. The patient was a CI Lifetime Member at the time of pronouncement. 

One of the patient's sons, also a CI member, had contracted with a local funeral home to provide refrigeration and transportation services. The patient was pronounced in the late afternoon of July 20, 2016. Hospital staff then immediately cooled the patient's head and neck with water ice, administered heparin provided by the son and conducted chest compressions for eight minutes. The patient was then covered in additional water ice and transferred to the hospital's morgue. Later in the evening, the patient was transported to the funeral home's refrigeration facility where she remained until being flown to CI in the morning of July 22, 2016, 

The patient arrived at the CI facility at 730pm eastern standard time on the 22nd of July, about 50 hours after the time of death.  There were only freezer gel packs in with the patient and no water ice.  Jim Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral director was present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at 8:15pm.  Due to the fact that the patient had kidney failure, liver failure and retained a large amount of fluids, along with the fact that it had been more than 48 hours after death, the perfusion efforts were focused on the head and brain. 

The perfusion was completed at 9:10pm.  During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 30% Eg solution used and 13 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4182.  Average perfusion pressure was 136mm and the average flow rate was .49 liters per minute.  There was little flow through the left side of the brain, possibly due to a previous injury to the brain stem, and no measurements were able to be taken from the left jugular vein.  There was a small amount of bronzing on the left side of the head and face.  Considerable dehydration of the right side of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin.   Slight edema was noted at the end of the perfusion. 

The patient was then placed in the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature.  The human vitrification program was selected and the time needed to cool the patient to liquid nitrogen temperature was five days and 14 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.  

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