(Readers looking for good detailed case reports would do better to look at the case report for CI's 72nd Patient or CI's 69th Patient than at this one.)
Our 73rd patient was not in the kind of condition we would want, to say the least. She had been autopsied, her autopsied brain was in her abdomen and she had spent weeks in refrigeration before being shipped to CI in dry ice. Her son was aware that her chances for reanimation are much worse than for the typical cryonics patient, but he felt that a small chance is still better than no chance.
On Tuesday, January 17 the Cryonics Institute received its 72nd patient, perfused her with vitrification mixture and began cooldown to liquid nitrogen temperature. This was a very challenging case, to put it mildly. In the interest of privacy for those concerned only first names are given and the names that are used are not the real names.
The patient is the 84-year-old mother of two sons. Josh was eager to have his mother cryopreserved. Timothy, the other son, was doubtful that cryonics is of value and did not have conviction that these were his mother's wishes, but he agreed to acquiesce. The two brothers both expressed deep caring for each other and I found it touching to experience. Timothy said he acquiesced mostly because he could recognize how much cryonics means to Josh. This decision was made with a great deal of emotional difficulty, but other families have been torn apart by animosity under similar circumstances.