The 75th patient of the Cryonics Institute had many things in common with the three patients that preceded her. She was a mother cryopreserved on the initiative of her son, the signup occurred with the mother in a terminal state (post-terminal for the 73rd) and payment was in cash.
Five weeks previously the son had phoned to say that his mother was in the hospital, that he would get a loan on some land to pay for cryopreservation and that his father approved of cryopreserving his mother if she became legally dead. On a Saturday morning at 4:30am the son phoned and told me that his mother was in the ICU. He paid the $1,250 Option One Membership fee by credit card and FAXed the membership application to lock-in the $28,000 rate.
Fifteen hours later we got a call from a physician in the ICU saying that the mother had coded and was getting defibrillations to restore regular heartbeats, but said that he couldn't keep her alive much longer. The physician was aware that the mother was a cryonics patient and he wanted information on how a cryonics case should be handled. I explained that we wanted heparin injected as soon as possible and that the heparin would be most effectively circulated if it could be given pre-mortem. The physician requested that we FAX our hospital instructions, which we did. The mother was given heparin pre-mortem and ice was packed around her head immediately post-mortem (post-pronouncement). She was transferred to the hospital morgue and kept in a refrigerated unit with ice packed around her head.
(Readers looking for good detailed case reports would do better to look at the case report for CI's 72nd Patient or CI's 69th Patient than at this one.)
Our 73rd patient was not in the kind of condition we would want, to say the least. She had been autopsied, her autopsied brain was in her abdomen and she had spent weeks in refrigeration before being shipped to CI in dry ice. Her son was aware that her chances for reanimation are much worse than for the typical cryonics patient, but he felt that a small chance is still better than no chance.