The Cryonics Institutes 145th Patient
Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 145
CI patient #145 was a 78 year old female from Michigan. The patient was a CI member at the time of her death.
The patient died in the hospital during the morning of November 10, 2016. The nurses at the hospital packed ice packs around the patient’s head immediately after death was pronounced. CI made arrangements with a local funeral director for the patient’s transport. The funeral director arrived at the hospital promptly after the death and the patient was taken directly to the CI facility.
The patient arrived at the CI facility, with ice packs around her head, at 11:30 am on the 10th of November, approximately 2 hours after death. The nasal temperature was 29c. Many large clots were noted and the blood was very viscous during the beginning of the perfusion, but good flow from both jugular veins was evident once the large clots had passed through.
Jim Walsh, Sara Walsh, and Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. The perfusion was completed at 1:00 pm. During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 5 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 16 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4205. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4209. The average perfusion pressure was held at 125mm and metal cannulas were used. Flow rate started at 1.22 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.48 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was -4.9c at the end of the perfusion. Considerable dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin. No edema was noted. The decision was made to only perfuse the patient’s head, due to the condition of the rest of the body. The perfusion of the head was very successful.
The patient was then placed into a Ziegler case with 400lbs of dry ice and held for approximately two and half days. This was due to the computer controlled cooling chamber being occupied by another patient. The patient was removed from the Ziegler containing the dry ice and transferred to 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.