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Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 18:21:11 EST

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Cryonics Institute's 43rd human whole-body patient died of cancer in Toronto, 
at home under hospice care. Washout and perfusion were done at a local 
mortuary. Its morticians had previously been equipped, supplied, and trained 
by CI. 

Much credit is due several members of the Cryonics Society of 
Canada--including members of Alcor and the American Cryonics Society, as well 
as CI--who served as volunteers in various capacities. These include Ben 
Best, Gary Tripp, Christine Gasper, and Keith Henson. (Apologies to any I may 
have forgotten.) David Pascal helped as well, and of course our Michigan 
personnel at this end.

In Canada, death can be pronounced only by a physician or a registered nurse, 
and before this the cryonics procedures cannot be initiated. Paperwork for 
transportation can take up to two days or more, depending on time of day and 
day of the week and other factors. Obviously, these conditions pose problems 
for timely care. In this case, there was a registered nurse on hand to 
pronounce death, volunteers with equipment began cool-down and related 
procedures immediately, the mortuary responded promptly with its own 
equipment, and a physician came quickly to sign the death certificate. 

Some of the CSC volunteers had a chance to become somewhat acquainted with 
the patient, a brave and intelligent lady. I think this acquaintance, brief 
and limited as it was, benefited both the patient and the volunteers in terms 
of morale. 

Ben Best will probably write about the case at greater length in an upcoming 
issue of The Immortalist.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society


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