The Cryonics Institute’s 178th patient
Cryonics Institute Case Report for Patient Number 178
CI patient #178 was a 69 year old male from Indiana. The patient was a CI member at the time of his death.
The patient died at home, while under hospice care, at 3:15pm on August 14, 2019. The next of kin called to notify CI staff and already had called hospice and the funeral home was on their way to the patient. The patient was placed into an ice bath in a Ziegler case by the funeral home staff. The patient was then transferred to the CI facility by automobile after the transit permit was obtained.
The patient arrived at the CI facility in the ice bath at 10:40pm on August 14th, approximately seven and half hours after death. The nasal temperature upon his arrival was -0.8c.
Hillary Martenson performed the perfusion. The perfusion was completed at 12:20am. During the perfusion there were 3 liters of 10% Eg solution, 3 liters of 30% Eg solution used, and 15 liters of 70% VM1 solutions used. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the right jugular vein was 1.3984. The final refractive index of the effluents exiting the left jugular vein was 1.4034. The average perfusion pressure was held at 120mm and metal cannulas were used. The nasal temperature was -2.8c at the end of the perfusion.
There were several large blood clots noted during the perfusion and there was very little flow from the jugular veins and there did not appear to be much blood. The face and abdomen both began to swell and there was very minimal evidence of bronzing. It appeared the solutions were going in, but there was not an equal amount of drainage. The decision was made to stop the perfusion before reaching the desired refractive index because of the visible swelling.
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.
After conducting research, it was discovered that the patient’s cause of death is known to affect the bone marrow and the ability to make new blood cells, which would explain the low blood volume. It is also known to cause hyperviscosity of blood, which would explain the thick blood and large clots. It was confirmed by the family that the patient had very low blood counts near death. It appeared that the very little blood the patient had was thick and clotted and caused poor flow of the solutions, which lead to the swelling