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The Cryonics Institute’s 130th Patient

by System Administrator / Monday, 30 March 2015 /

CI patient #130 was a 70 year old male who died in a Michigan hospital on February 24th 2015 after being hospitalized for an extended amount of time.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.


The patient died at about 2pm on the 24th of February.  The nurses injected the patient with heparin, did chest compressions, packed his head in ice and then sent him to the hospital morgue.  CI was contacted and a CI employee, along with CI’s cooperating funeral director, Jim Walsh, went to the hospital and picked up the patient and brought him back to the CI facility.


The patient arrived at the CI facility at about 6pm.  Sara Walsh, CIs local cooperating funeral director, was present for the perfusion and the perfusion began at about 7:30pm.  No clotting of the blood was observed.  There was a lot of edema noted in the patient because the patient was on life support at the hospital for an extended period of time and the patient retained a lot of fluids.  


The perfusion was completed at 9:15pm.  During the perfusion there were 4 liters of 10% Eg solution, 8 liters of 30 % Eg solution and 65 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein from the head was 1.4222.  The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein from the head was 1.420.  Considerable dehydration of the head and face was noted along with a considerable bronzing color of the skin.  The perfusion to the body did not produce saturation of the tissues with the cryoprotective solution due to the edema in the body.


The patient was then placed in the computer controlled cooling chamber to cool to liquid nitrogen temperature.  The human vitrification program was selected and the patient was cooled to liquid nitrogen temperature over a period of almost six days.  The patient was then placed in a cryostat for long-term cryonic storage.




Comments:  The patient’s son was present at the hospital and he was very supportive and instrumental in his father’s cryonics arrangements.  By being at the hospital, the patient’s son was able to secure the help of the nurses with injecting heparin, doing chest compressions and starting the patient cooling in ice.