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The Cryonics Institutes 147th Patient

by System Administrator / Monday, 20 February 2017 /


Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 147


CI patient #147 was a 76 year old male from California.  The patient was a CI/ACS member at the time of his death.


The patient died in a hospice care facility during the evening of January 12, 2017. The patient had made arrangements with Suspended Animation for standby, stabilization and transport. The patient deanimated before the SA team was able to arrive, so the patient was cooled down with ice and cold packs by the facility’s nurse and ACS volunteers. The SA contracted funeral director arrived promptly to transport the patient to the funeral home, where ACS volunteers continued the cooling and administered heparin and manual chest compressions while awaiting SA’s arrival. Once they arrived, the SA team performed further cool down and mechanical chest compressions. The SA surgeon and perfusionist then performed the blood washout and perfused the patient with organ preservative. The patient was then packed in ice and stored in the funeral home refrigeration unit until he could be transported to the airport. 


The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 9:55 pm on the 13th of January, approximately 24 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 1.9c. The perfusion was started at 10:45 pm. 


Jim Walsh, Sara Walsh, and Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. During the perfusion there was 3 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 5 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 23.5 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. Perfusion to the body was stopped at 10:53 pm as the abdomen began to distend very quickly and perfusate was leaking from the sternal incision made for the blood washout. There was no evidence that the perfusate was reaching the extremities. The perfusion to the head was successful and was completed at 12:20 am. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.420. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4195. The average perfusion pressure was held at 120mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 2.13 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.46 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was -0.8c at the end of the perfusion. There was only slight edema in the eyelids and cheeks. There was bronzing of the skin noted on the head, face, neck, and shoulders. 


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.