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Case Reports from May 2017

The Cryonics Institute 153rd Patient

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 by System Administrator




Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 153


CI patient #153 was a 95 year old female from Florida.  The patient was a CI member at the time of her death.


The patient died in the hospital during the morning of April 23, 2017. The nurses at the hospital administered heparin and the patient was cooled down promptly after death was pronounced. The next of kin had 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 transported to the funeral home and remained in water ice while flight arrangements for that afternoon were made.  


The patient arrived at the CI facility, in water ice, at 6 pm on the 23rd of April, approximately 11 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 7c. 


Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion.  The perfusion was completed at 8:55 pm.  During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution used, 5 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 10 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4206.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4175.  The average perfusion pressure was held at 125mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.54 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.29 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was 6.9c at the end of the perfusion. There were no blood clots noted during the perfusion and there was adequate drainage from the jugular veins. Efforts were made to perfuse the entire body, but the decision was made to perfuse only the patient’s head due to rapid distention of the abdomen and the absence of any evidence showing the perfusate was reaching the extremities.  Considerable dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a bronzing color of the skin. Minimal edema was noted in the face at the end of the perfusion. The perfusion of the head was very successful. 


The patient was then 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.