In October, 2007 the Cryonics Institute received its 85th patient, now in liquid nitrogen at the CI facility
The 84th patient of the Cryonics Institute is Viola Dufault, the grandmother of CI Member Kevin Boyle. The 88-year-old woman originally had been concerned about the prospect of being cryopreserved and later being reanimated in a world of strangers. However, when Kevin cryopreserved his dog Thor in February 2005 Viola gained a sense of comfort in knowing that at least Thor would accompany her into the future. She appeared on television interviews with Kevin in response to journalist interest in Thor's cryopreservation and became a CI Member herself. She attended the 2006 Annual General Meeting at the Cryonics Institute with her grandson Kevin where she was thrilled to meet and have several friendly conversations with Robert Ettinger throughout the weekend.
The 83rd patient of the Cryonics Institute is a 91-year-old woman. (The death certificate says 89, but according to her son that is incorrect.) She had been extremely sick for the previous five months, and on four occasions it appeared she was going to die.
The patient had a long history of medical problems, beginning with two minor heart attacks in the 1970s and a kidney that had atrophied and collected infections, leading to pyelonephritis. She had been on high blood pressure medications for nearly 30 years. She had breast cancer around 1990, but was essentially cured by simple mastectomy and tomoxifen. She had a pacemaker for over 15 years. She had received three carotid endarterectomies, one of which was a repeat to put in a stent. The patient had smoked for 63 years, which doubtlessly led to her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She had been on oxygen for 2 months in 2002.