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The Cryonics Institute’s 80th Patient: By Ben Best

Thursday, 10 May 2007 by System Administrator

The 80th patient of the Cryonics Institute (CI) was a 67-year-old woman who deanimated in Europe and was cryopreserved by her son. The patient succumbed to cancer while being held in the arms of her son in her home. Her dying wish was to be cryopreserved. According to her son she was pronounced dead within 15 minutes by a family doctor. Water ice from the family fridge was placed around her head until a funeral director arrived soon after, transported her to a funeral home and placed her in a freezer, which may have held her at −25ºC.

She was held in the freezer for two weeks while her son sold property, obtained dry ice and arranged for shipment to North America. CI Facilities Manager Andy Zawacki told the son not to ship his mother until all funding and contracts were in place, but the son sent his mother to Michigan anyway. Because he did not have adequate funding, CI was unable to accept his mother. For five years the son paid funeral directors to hold his mother on dry ice, ultimately spending nearly as much for on-going dry ice storage as he would have paid for for the entire cryopreservation.

The patient was kept in an electric freezer into which the dry ice was placed. The electric freezer undoubtedly reduced the sublimation of the dry ice, while providing some backup. The son maintains that his mother has been maintained on dry ice without interruption, an ordeal he described as "torture", following the "hell" he went through in preserving and transporting his mother upon her legal death.

The Cryonics Institute’s 79th Patient: By Ben Best

Friday, 2 February 2007 by System Administrator

The 79th patient of the Cryonics Institute (CI) is an 88-year-old man who had been a CI Member for nearly ten years and had been a cryonicist much longer. Neither of his two daughters have a personal interest in cryonics, but both are fully supportive of their father's desire to be cryopreserved. Because of his deteriorating health he has long had arrangements in place with his local cooperating funeral director. Because he lived within a 7 hour drive from the Cryonics Institute his funeral director was prepared to drive him to CI as a means of avoiding airline scheduling and airport delays.

The man had a stroke in August 2005 and another in the Fall of 2005. He had been recovering somewhat until he got pneumonia in December 2006. At that time he was placed under home hospice care and remained under home hospice care even after his December recovery. On February 20, 2007 he was having contortions that an attendant interpreted as being another stroke. He was sent to the hospital where the stroke was not confirmed, but a heart attack was diagnosed (the daughter suspects that he had a heart attack in the ER). He was released from the hospital on February 23rd, but home hospice care had been ended by the hospital trip.

The Cryonics Institute’s 78th Patient: By Ben Best

Friday, 5 January 2007 by System Administrator

The 78th patient of the Cryonics Institute was an 81-year-old German woman who had been made a Cryonics Institute Member by her daughter within days of the patient's deanimation. Although not highly educated the patient had worked as a secretary and was very talented as a craftsperson as well as musically.

The patient had been diagnosed as having Alzheimer's Disease nine years earlier. The patient's husband had been killed in an automobile accident a few days before the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Four years later the diagnosis was changed to Lewy body dementia. At the beginning of 2004 the patient suffered a stroke which left her bed-bound for the rest of her life -- requiring intensive care by her daughter.

The patient was in the hospital at the time of deanimation, suffering from aspiration pneumonia (the most common cause of death for Alzheimer's patients). The daughter had achieved what she felt was a sympathetic willingness to help by the attending physicians and nurses, but detailed instructions had been given in written form, but not reinforced verbally or given to all the responsible hospital personnel. Only 5,000 IU of heparin was administrated in the arm at the time of deanimation and this was not circulated by CPR/CPS. An hour later another 35,000-45,000 IU was administered, but this was not circulated either, so it was a somewhat fruitless exercise.