Case Reports from November 2015
Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 136
CI patient #136 was a 53 year old male from Texas who had a heart attack and was
hospitalized. The doctors determined that he would not be able to recover and the patient
was removed from life support. The patient died shortly after being removed from life
support on October 26th at about 8pm.
The patient had previously contracted with a local funeral director to provide initial
cooling and transport services. The patient was receiving blood thinners as part of his
medications at the hospital but the hospital was unwilling to administer heparin once the
orders were given to remove life support. When the patient died, the hospital put ice
around his head and the funeral director removed him from the hospital and kept ice
around him. They returned to their funeral home, put him in refrigeration and added
more ice while they made arrangements to book a flight to transport the patient to
The patient arrived at the CI facility, with some water ice around him at about 8pm on the
28th, about 48 hours after he died. The patient was very large and that limited the amount
of ice that could be placed around him. Jim and Sara Walsh, CIs local cooperating
funeral directors, were both present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at 9pm.
The perfusion efforts were focused on the head and brain because there was edema in the
body due to being on life support. No clots were observed in the blood.
The perfusion was completed at 10pm. During the perfusion there were 7 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 1.4148. The final refractive index of the
effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4187. Considerable dehydration of the head
and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin. However, some edema began
to appear and the perfusion was stopped.
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 15 hours. The patient
was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.