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The Cryonics Institutes 149th Patient

by System Administrator / Monday, 20 February 2017 /


Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 149


CI patient #149 was a 51 year old male from California.  The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.


The patient died in the nursing home during the morning of January 25, 2017. The patient’s head was cooled with ice after death was pronounced. The patient had made arrangements with a local funeral director for his transport. The funeral director arrived at the nursing home promptly after receiving the first call. The funeral director then transported the patient back to the funeral home, where the patient was kept in a refrigeration unit while permits and flight arrangements were obtained. 


The patient arrived at the CI facility, packed in ice, at 9:50 am on the 27th of January, approximately 48 hours after death.  The nasal temperature was 3.6c. The perfusion was started at 10:35 am. 


Hillary McCauley performed the perfusion. During the perfusion there was 1 liter of 10% Eg solution used, 3 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 39 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. There was moderate clotting of the blood noted in the drainage as the head and body were being perfused.  Perfusion to the body was stopped at 11:42 am as swelling was evident in the extremities and the abdomen. The perfusion to the head was complete at 11:56 am. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.4228. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4209. The average perfusion pressure was held at 120mm and metal cannulas were used.  Flow rate started at 1.53 liters per minute and was reduced to 0.45 liters per minute by the end of the perfusion. The nasal temperature was -4.9c at the end of the perfusion. There was only slight edema in the lips, cheeks, ears and eyelids, but none on the top of the head. There was bronzing of the skin noted on the head and face. 


The patient was then placed into 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.