The Cryonics Institutes 135th patient
Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 135
CI patient #135 was a 85 year old female who died in an Arizona hospital on August
22nd, 2015 after being hospitalized for several weeks. The patient was a CI member at
the time of her death.
The next of kin had contracted with a local funeral director to provide initial cooling and
transport services. The patient died in the late evening of August 22nd and was injected
with heparin, cooled in water ice and then packed in water ice. The patient arrived at the
CI facility, packed in water ice at approximately 2:30am on August 25th. Jim and Sara
Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral directors, were both present for the perfusion and
the perfusion began at 3am. No clots were observed in the blood. An attempt was made
to perfuse both the body and head, though there was considerable edema to the patient’s
body when the patient arrived at the facility. The body perfusion was abandoned due to
the edema and poor circulation.
The perfusion was completed at 5:30am. During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10%
Eg solution used, 7 liters of 30 % Eg solution used and 25 liters of 70% VM1 solutions
used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.39.
The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.41.
Dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin.
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 days. The patient
was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.
Comments: The edema in the body may have been due to the patient’s extended time spent in the hospital
and because of the delays the shipping funeral director faced. Local preplanning and standby could have resulted in better communication and faster transportation to CI.