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.
The 77th patient of the Cryonics Institute was a 96-year-old CI Member who had been a CI Member since 1999. He had been a captain in the Army during the Second World War and among many subsequent management positions had supervised hundreds of engine inspectors, some of whom inspected engines used by the Apollo astronauts. Two of his three sons are also CI Members. Initially he had no interest in cryonics for himself, but he agreed to being cryopreserved to please his two sons. With time, however, he came to like the idea of cryonics. The third son was not interested in cryonics, and the third son's wife was vehemently opposed to cryonics -- as was the patient's brother.
The patient had a long history of arthritis. During the previous two years he had also been suffering from congestive heart failure, but was being stabilized with Lasix and Coreg. His vital signs had been monitored at least every half hour by his diligent sons (or a paid sitter) for the previous five years. During the previous three months his overall quality of life had been deteriorating significantly. A week prior to deanimation he had broken a hip (broken femur) and had gone to a hospital to have the femur pinned together. The physician said that the operation carried a 40% risk of death within 2 weeks of the operation, but the patient appeared to be recovering.
The 76th patient of the Cryonics Institute was a 44-year-old man who had been rendered paraplegic by a motorcycle accident at the age of 18. He lived alone and he was alone when he deanimated on Christmas day. He had been seen at about 3pm, was discovered at about 6pm and time of deanimation was estimated to be around 4pm. He was found slumped-over in his 450-pound electric wheelchair, secured by his seat belt. Because his cause of death was unknown he became a coroner's case requiring autopsy.
The 76th patient was an Option Two Member who was fully funded by a $50,000 life insurance policy. The policy was more than two years old and would therefore pay-out irrespective of cause-of-death.
Both CI and patient's parents requested that the brain not be autopsied. We were told by the coroner that the brain would not be autopsied if not required, but that they could make no promises. The coroner did autopsy the brain, cutting it into pieces and placing them in the abdomen mixed-in with the other organs -- without having learned any more about the cause of death.