Alcor had another historic case! This case was the second Death with Dignity case for Alcor. Member A-2705 contacted Alcor a couple months in advance of his planned Death with Dignity and he proactively participated with case planning so that he could receive the best possible cryopreservation.
Alcor, Suspended Animation (SA), and International Cryomedicine Experts (ICE) spent months planning with the medical team, hospice providers, and the member to prepare for the best possible outcome. The family hired an RN to pronounce time of death, despite it not being required in the State of Washington for those who choose Death with Dignity. Alcor, SA, and ICE all deployed together to the member’s residence in preparation for his Death with Dignity plan.
ICE took lead on the case and the FCP procedure, Alcor took charge of logistics, and Suspended Animation provided personnel and stabilization support. As soon as the member was pronounced by the member’s RN, everyone sprang into action covering all the initial stabilization procedures. All parties worked on a different task, ensuring that stabilization went smoothly until the transport to the funeral home was complete. The Field Neuro Cryoprotection (FCP) procedure was started promptly in the field by ICE after arriving at the funeral home, which helps prevent long periods of cold ischemia during transport.
ICE said of the case, “This case proved to be an excellent opportunity to collaborate with Suspended Animation and Alcor personnel. It demonstrated our willingness to share information to promote the overall improvement of SST and FCP to the cryonics community.” There were many individual parts of this case that made it go smoothly and Alcor appreciates ICE’s willingness to share techniques and offer training on the FCP protocol. Sayer Johanson, COO of SA, said, “This case was a well-coordinated effort between all three organizations. We look forward to working with all parties again in the future.”
Alcor thanks both SA and ICE for such amazing initiative and teamwork and we are grateful to the member and his family who kept us informed in the months leading up to this case. Below is an excerpt of a statement from member A-2705 that he provided to Alcor before his Death with Dignity:
“…Although my life will have legally ended by the time you read this, I don't consider my existence to be irrevocably ended…Cryonics is currently the only possible bridge to the future…as my final day draws near, I tell my children ‘Don't think of me as dead and gone forever. Instead think of me as a lightbulb whose electrical current is switched off and no longer shines.’ I tell them, ‘Someday maybe, just maybe, science will figure out a way to flip that switch back on.’”
Be on the lookout for A-2705’s full statement that will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cryonics Magazine.
Case Logistics Manager