The 87th patient of the Cryonics Institute is a man named Theo, who for over a decade had served as President of the Cryonics Association of Australia (CAA) before his recent resignation due to health concerns. In 1990 Theo helped with the cryopreservation of Roy Schiavello, Australia's first cryonics patient. Theo is a 71-year-old retired teacher and father of five children: three sons and two daughters. All family members were supportive of Theo's long-expressed determination to be cryopreserved when his time came.
The 86th patient of the Cryonics Institute is a 27-year-old European University student of nanotechnology who was afflicted with acute myelogenous leukemia. The patient had been diagosed eight months prior to his deanimation. He had failed to respond adequately to a vigorous effort to provide him with bone marrow transplants.
I was contacted by email about the case by CI Scientific Adviser Dr. Klaus Sames about three weeks before the patient deanimated. Shortly thereafter I was phoned by the patient himself, who gave me his credit card number to become an Option One CI Member. On the telephone the patient's voice sounded strained, as he struggled with his disease condition as well as with his attempts to speak English. During my last conversation with him he said that he would see me soon, a comment for which I did not have a ready answer. Completing the contracts for cryopreservation was an ordeal for the patient because of his illness, and he may not have succeeded were it not for the fact that his brother was strongly supportive of his efforts. The patient was able to sign the documents, and the $28,000 was wired to CI's bank account.
Dr. Sames was also quite supporting, traveling to the location of the patient to be of direct assistance and advising on medications as well as pre-medications. The list he emailed to me included heparin (I.V.), aspirin (30 milligrams), streptokinase, desferoxamin (2 grams I.V.), methylprednisolone (I.V.), melatonin (10 milligrams), selenium (100-250 micrograms) and CoEnzyme Q10 in Vitamin E oil. Dr. Sames sent me a report of his involvement in this case. I have slightly edited his report, mainly by removing identifying information about the patient:
In October, 2007 the Cryonics Institute received its 85th patient, now in liquid nitrogen at the CI facility