The 14th 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
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 brain 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
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
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