The 14th KrioRus patient
The 14th patient, who was cryopreserved in Russia, was the grandmother of Danila Andreevich Medvedev, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of KrioRus. Our condolences go out to Danila Andreevich and his parents who will be parted from Danilla's grandmother Kira for a long time. We won't say "due to her death". Cryonics, as it is hoped, is rather to be compared with a sleep, long, but not eternal; everlasting only in hoped for immortality to come. We strive to accomplish all of our goals: Preservation of our patients for revival when this will become possible for us. Certainly a long haul before us, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.
The patient, Yurasova Kira Sergeevna (born 07.01.1929) died at the age of 81 on Friday the 17th of September 2010, about midnight in hospital. Unfortunately, relatives were informed of this only at 3 p.m. Saturday. The entire Medvedev family was unanimously decided upon cryopreservation. Danila Andreevich and his assistant immediately made their way to St. Petersburg on "Sapsan". When they arrived, the local Cryonics group lead by our representative, Evgeniy Shumilov, was standing by, ready for the procedure.
Throughout the world and in Russia no less, Cryonics infrastructure remains woefully inadequate. We are unable to keep perfusion and every other need of Cryopreparation standing by in every locale as would be ideal. But luckily, in St. Petersburg there was a trained Cryonic perfusionist and perfusion equipment at the ready, thanks to the tireless efforts of Evgeniy Shumilov. And eventually, after some delays due to week-end days off, the perfusion began. Despite delay, the procedure was accomplished successfully and well.
Because the family elected to preserve only the patient's brain, we were able to visually evaluate its condition. The brain appeared in excellent condition. We were able to observe because the initial cooling to dry ice temperature took place in a transparent container with glycerine, a transparent liquid that stays liquid at dry ice temperatures. We noted a good quality of perfusion, as we could see absolutely no frost or ice on the surface of the br ain at -80 degrees C. as would inevitably begin to form, if the perfusion was bad.
The patient arrived at KrioRus cryostorage on Tuesday morning. We placed container with her brain into nitrogen vapor for further cooling. Later on it was placed into an "Anabiosis-1" dewar that we recently brought into service.
We are grateful to note that the hospital's administrative officials, physicians and pathologists showed a good understanding of the case, demonstrated their interest in cryonics and offered much assistance.
Perfusion was conducted by our Cryonic perfusionist and one of the hospital's physicians assisted by a nurse.
The secondary cryogroup provided logistical support, delivering the cooling agent, providing transportation of other participants and delivery afterward of the container with the brain. The costs of immortality where maintained within budget.
In conclusion, we'd like to make note that more than a half of Cryonics cases in Russia where carried out with Cryonic perfusion, the exceptions being some patients from remote cities and from abroad. The most wonderful feature of Russian cryonics is that it's possible to start cryoprocedure of premedication and then perfusion right there in the hospital where the patient has deanimated, and not in a funeral home or not even in a distant cryonics facility. Despite delays due to obstacles and paperwork, this allows for a quicker beginning of procedures. It would be ideal to actually begin cryopreservation procedure even prior to obtaining the official death certificate. But this seems only hypothetical at presebt. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to sign contracts for cryoconservation beforehand in order to ensure best results.
P.S. There were also two patients Cryonized in St. Petersburg in 2005 and in 2010.