(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.
On Tuesday, January 17 the Cryonics Institute received its 72nd patient, perfused her with vitrification mixture and began cooldown to liquid nitrogen temperature. This was a very challenging case, to put it mildly. In the interest of privacy for those concerned only first names are given and the names that are used are not the real names.
The patient is the 84-year-old mother of two sons. Josh was eager to have his mother cryopreserved. Timothy, the other son, was doubtful that cryonics is of value and did not have conviction that these were his mother's wishes, but he agreed to acquiesce. The two brothers both expressed deep caring for each other and I found it touching to experience. Timothy said he acquiesced mostly because he could recognize how much cryonics means to Josh. This decision was made with a great deal of emotional difficulty, but other families have been torn apart by animosity under similar circumstances.
The 71st patient of the Cryonics Institute was John Connole who has been a Member of CI since 1991. He deanimated about noon on December 22, 2005 in Nevada. John was at one time our Contracts Officer (the person who verifies that Member contracts are completed properly -- a position now held by Connie Ettinger). John worked in the Aerospace Industry before he retired. He was 84 years old at the time of his deanimation. His condition has been critical for the last few months. The previous week we had been told he would last 5-10 days and his wife phone two days ago to say that he would probably not last more than a day. He was given heparin, some CPS (CardioPulmonary Support -- "Resuscitation" was not an objective) and ice was packed around his head immediately after a speedy pronouncement of death. We began our work on him at our funeral director's at 9am on the morning of December 23rd.
This is less a case report than a few notes of unique or new features concerning the case. Otherwise there was little difference in the protocol than that seen for CI's 69th patient or CI's 72nd patient. The 69th patient was the first patient in which we attempted cannulation of both the carotids and vertebrals, and in that case our funeral director cut the clavicle. In this case he found that he did not need to cut the clavicle, so we have dispensed with that additional operation.