The Cryonics Institute’s 118th Patient
Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 118
CI patient #118 was a 50 year old male who died at home, due to cancer, in Nova Scotia, Canada on August 28th, 2013. The patient was a CI member at the time of his death and was under hospice care.
The next of kin had contracted with a local funeral director to provide initial cooling and transport services. The next of kin arranged for CI to send an insulated Ziegler shipping container to the local funeral director. The patient died sometime between 2am and 6:30 am on the 28th. Heparin was not administered by the funeral director because the death was not observed and too much time had passed. The patient was packed in water ice and flown to Toronto. A funeral director from Toronto then drove the patient to the CI facility. The patient arrived at the CI facility at 1:45am on the 29th, less than 24 hours after the death of the patient.
Jim and Sara Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral directors, were both present for the perfusion. Due to the fact that clotting of the blood was noted and flow rate to the body was poor, the perfusion efforts were focused on the head and brain.
During the perfusion there were 3liters of 10% Eg solution used, 3 liters of 30 % Eg solution used and 10 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4001. The perfusion was terminated before the desired refractive index measurements were reached because edema was becoming apparent and the flow rate was decreasing more than usual.
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 and a half. The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.