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The Cryonics Institutes 146th Patient

by System Administrator / Monday, 20 February 2017 /

Cryonics Institute

Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 146


CI patient #146 was an 87 year old male from California.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.


The patient died in the hospital during the early morning of December 25, 2016. The hospital staff surrounded the patient’s head with ice immediately after death was pronounced. The next of kin made arrangements with a local funeral director for the patient’s transport. The funeral director arrived at the hospital promptly after the death and administered Heparin into the patient’s already existing central line. Chest compressions were performed for approximately 20 minutes to circulate the Heparin. The funeral director then transported the patient back to the funeral home, where the patient was kept in a refrigeration unit while permits and flight arrangements were obtained. 


The patient arrived at the CI facility packed in ice at 1:10 am on the 28th of December, approximately 72 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 2.2c. The perfusion was started at 2:00 am.  No clots were noted in the drainage. Perfusion to the body was stopped after significant swelling of the abdomen was noted, along with no evidence of the perfusate reaching the extremities.


Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 6 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 10 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4070. Because the right jugular vein was compromised from a central venous catheter, no accurate readings of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein were possible. The average perfusion pressure was held at 125mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.93 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.29 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The perfusion to the head was complete at 2:52 am. The nasal temperature was 1.7c at the end of the perfusion. There was considerable edema in the face, but not on the top of the head. There was bronzing of the skin noted on the head and face. 


The patient was then placed into 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 11 hours.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.