The Cryonics Institute’s 108th Patient
The Cryonics Institute's 108th patient is a 21-year-old student named Yuliya Vertelets'ka. She was born on April 6th 1990 in Shyshaky, Poltava region, Ukraine. She finished Shyshaky regional gymnasium for gifted children in 2007 with a record of excellence. She spent her senior year studying in Williston High School, Florida, USA winning the Future Leaders Exchange Program. Afterwards she went to study to Prague, Czech Republic, where she received her bachelor's degree in International Business, Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics, Prague. She won a scholarship to study a semester of her Master's Degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is fluent in English, Ukrainian, Russian, German, Spanish, Czech and also studied French. She sings well and has played the piano since she was 6 years old. She has a lot of friends from around the world. Her hobbies are sports, dancing and photography. Her life motto is "Never, never, never give up and you will make a difference".
Her death was instant, caused by blood clot to her heart following left-leg injury received in an ice-skating incident. After consulting with me she was put into dry ice within 24 hours where she remained for two weeks in accordance with the signed contract.
At 1:30am on the morning of December 19, 2011 the Cryonics Institute received a phone call from Yuliya's brother Max. Max has considerable understanding of the potentialities of nanotechnology and cryonics, so he was hopeful that his sister could be cryopreserved for future revival. His parents in Ukraine agreed to the procedure.
Max called CI repeatedly through the night and the following day concerning his sister in an effort to prevent an autopsy, with the goal of saving the functionality of all organs and systems of the body in the future. The autopsy was prevented by the family.
Max and his parents flew to Montreal where they obtained lawyers to help them with the case. Although Max speaks good English, his parents speak no English. The lawyers negotiated with CI's lawyer David Ettinger, signing the form in which the parents attested to their legal authority.
Wiring $35,000 from a Ukranian bank to the United States also proved to be problematic. I signed and scanned two contracts plus a special letter to the bank before the bank would agree to wire the money.
The patient was transported from Montreal to Detroit by car on Jan 3rd in dry ice, accompanied by her brother all the way. Upon arrival she was placed into the cooling box, where she was cooled from dry ice temperature (−79ºC) to liquid nitrogen temperature (−196ºC) over a period of 24 hours. On January 4th, 2012 she was transferred from the cooling box to liquid nitrogen.
The 108th CI patient became the fourth patient to occupy cryostat HSSV−6−12.
The family stated: "We are thankful everyone in Ukraine who supported us, everyone in Montreal who helped to make everything possible, and the biggest thankfulness to Mr.Best and Cryonics Institute for the hope given and chance for the Yuliya's life in the future."
The family is waiting for her revival.