Alcor News Bulletin
                 Number 19: December 7th 2003


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Editors: Tanya Jones [TJ], Jennifer Chapman [JC], and Mike
Perry [MP].


                         First Words

This issue was delayed a few days by a standby and
cryopreservation (see Tanya’s article below), and also, by a
severe respiratory ailment that started around Thanksgiving
(Nov. 27) and has affected several staff members, including
Tanya. In addition to taking care of her major, patient-
related duties as the new Chief Operating Officer, she
completed her contribution to this newsletter while battling
this nasty infection, and thus deserves special
commendation. (By the way, she was confirmed as Alcor’s COO
at the public meeting, November 8). [MP]


                  Alcor Accepts 59th Patient

A four-day standby concluded with the cryopreservation of
Alcor's 59th patient. Pronouncement occurred at 11:40 a.m.,
Dec. 3. Transport procedures were carried out quickly, and
the team left the hospice with the patient after 20 minutes
of surface cooling, the application of cardiopulmonary
support, and medication administration. CPS continued until
shortly before the patient was transferred to the operating
room table for the neuroseparation procedure. The new LUCAS
cardiopulmonary support device performed well, and the
patient's oxygen saturation levels were observed to rise
from 65% to 83% for a time.

Aside from a slight difficulty in locating the left jugular
vein, cryoprotection was carried out quickly and with few
complications. The ramp was concluded within 5.5 hours of
pronouncement, when the target molar concentration was
achieved. Cooling to -114°C was completed in under 24 hours.

As a quick summary: the patient was local, pronouncement and
protocol implementation were prompt, the hospice was
otherwise also supportive, the team performed well. This
patient by appearances received what Case Photographer
Charles Platt termed, "an excellent suspension." He
continued that this was, "a textbook example of the benefits
that can result from experienced field personnel treating a
patient who has moved near to the facility and is following
a relatively predictable path toward mortality, in a
location where the MRC can be brought to the bedside and
death can be pronounced immediately."

A more complete report will appear in _Cryonics_ magazine.


                   A Further, Brief Comment

This case was the one reported in the last newsletter (#18)
as "imminent." (As often happens, it took a bit longer than
expected, but not that much.) The patient was a middle-aged
cancer victim who relocated to a hospice in the Scottsdale
area some months ago to be near Alcor when the need should
arise. The man deserves credit for his wise decision, which
can be a difficult one to make under the circumstances. The
prompt and highly effective response of the Alcor team
speaks for itself. [MP]


                     New CEO to Be Announced

Alcor is expected to have a new CEO soon, but no
announcement has been made yet. [MP]


                       Construction Work

Construction work has now been going on for many weeks; The
new operating room is now showing substantial progress.
Walls and ceiling are up, drywall is in place and painted;
electrical wiring, floor covering and doors remain to be
done. Next on the list should be the new Patient Care Bay,
which will be much larger than our present one. [MP]


                     _Cryonics_ Magazine

The final, 2003 issue of _Cryonics_ will combine the 3rd and
4th quarter issues, and be extra long, with some regular
features doubled (the "For the Record" column in
particular). It will also include a review of all approved
Board meeting minutes for 2003. [MP, JC]


                        Cell Storage

Dr. Mike Perry brought a Cryonet message to my attention the
other day where Alcor policy was questioned.
(http://www.cryonet.org/cgi-bin/dsp.cgi?msg=22945). In it,
Randy Wicker quoted Mike at length as to how most
cryonicists do not consider a DNA sample to be a successful
or sufficient cryopreservation. When he implied that this
attitude is reflected in Alcor's policy, Mr. Wicker was
correct. To my knowledge, no one at Alcor believes a twin is
an adequate representation of a person who lived, loved,
learned and eventually was cryopreserved. We'll save the
limited representation of a cell sample, if that is all that
can be saved, but we prefer much greater completeness--there
should at least be substantial brain structure. Mr. Wicker
continues, "The issue is why Alcor (in particular) but not
Cryonics Institute refuses to allow members the option of
saving their cells for possible future cloning."

One point to make is that Alcor _requires_ that its
_members_ be signed up for cryopreservation, a policy not
necessarily followed in other organizations. (Each
organization will, of course, have its own requirements and
policies which a prospective member--however the
organization chooses to define it--must investigate.) Again,
to be "signed up for cryopreservation" with Alcor it is not
sufficient merely to have arrangements to store a cell
sample. Alcor does, however, encourage its members to
deposit a DNA sample in its dewars, and we even went so far
as to send out sample kits to all our members some years
back. There are hundreds of those samples logged and stored
in our vaults. Granted, perhaps we have been somewhat remiss
in the follow-up for our newer members, but the issue is not
that we _refuse_ to store those cells. The issue is instead
that we refuse to represent cloning as sufficient for
successful reanimation.

Custody of cell samples, pet or otherwise, remains with the
Owner. That Owner must be an Alcor member (again, signed up
for cryopreservation), but the Owner has the option to
decide what is done with stored property. The bottom line
here is that the Owner can use the sample for cloning, but
that Alcor will not. [TJ]


                        Pet Storage

Non-Alcor members have been contacting us lately to ask
about temporary storage of pets. In part, this is due to the
legal restrictions being imposed on other organizations.
While we're sure those problems will soon be solved, there
are those who need help now.

Alcor's policy is that we only accept pets from Alcor
members, but the Board recently allowed a modification of
our pet suspension contract to permit the temporary
transference of custody to an existing Alcor member. This
was done for one specific case, where the individual in
question had plans to join Alcor himself at a later date.
Paperwork was drafted to allow the pet owner to recover
custody once his Alcor membership had been approved.

With the legal challenges that have lately occurred to non-
Alcor cryonics operations, Alcor has the infrastructure in
place to offer pet storage services to members of other
organizations if they so desire (or need). Cryoprotection is
also available in those cases where notice exists. Minimum
fees must be fully met for all services performed. There is
no discount on the perpetual storage fee, since we have no
guarantee that the custody will ultimately revert to the
original owner. Unlike the pricing structure for a human,
the pet scale depends more greatly on volume, for example,
whether the preservation is whole-body or neuro. [TJ]


                The Return of the Application Fee

Since January 2003 Alcor’s $150 application fee has been
waived. In the absence of a notable increase in the number
of applications being processed, an application fee will
again be applied effective January 1, 2004. The new rate
will be $100 for the first family member who applies. If one
or more additional family members want to join, an
additional $50 payment will be collected. In total, an
entire family can join for $150, making family memberships
much more affordable while sustaining this source of income
for the organization. (You’ll note the new fees are a
kinder, softer version than before. But you have at least
until the end of the year to start the sign-up process and
avoid them altogether.) [JC, TJ]


             Alcor Director of International Relations

Dr. Peter Toma, longtime Alcor member and supporter,
recently informed the Board that he would like to coordinate
a life extension conference in Davos, Switzerland and to
lecture in several places in Europe to improve Alcor’s
worldwide reputation. Dr. Toma is fluent in several European
languages and is also a brilliant computer scientist, having
developed the original SYSTRAN system for automated language

To facilitate his present goals, Dr. Toma requested being
made a representative of Alcor in some official capacity. A
special Board meeting was held immediately after the public
meeting November 8 (it being felt that further discussion
was needed), and he was given the title Director of
International Relations. [JC, MP]


                   Membership Agreements

It has long been known that completing Alcor’s paperwork can
be a daunting task.  The amount of required paperwork was
considered at the last public meeting (November 8), and the
Directors addressed the legal and practical reasons for
having multiple originals. There is no legal reason for
having more than one original, and it was agreed that a
duplicate will suffice when representing a member in the
hospital. Most prominently, only requiring one original will
be tremendously easier for those in the sign-up process, as
well as Alcor members who want to make paperwork updates.
With these considerations in mind, it was resolved that
Alcor will now only require submission of one original
contract.  Clients will still be given the option of
completing additional originals, and in all cases the
original and a duplicate will be kept with Alcor’s records.


                  Northern California Meeting

The last Alcor Northern California meeting in 2003 will be
the customary Thanksgiving/Christmas celebration on December
14. The meeting will be at 5:00 pm and dinner will start
around 5:30. The event will be held at the Peartree
Apartments Recreation Room at 330 N. Mathilda Ave in
Sunnyvale. Turkey will be provided; please bring something
else to eat or drink. For more information, call Tim Freeman
at (408) 774-1298, or send email to [JC]


                     Alcor Central Meeting

Alcor's final meeting of the year will be held on Saturday,
December 13, at 11am MST (10am PST, noon CST, 1pm EST).
Alcor meetings are now held in the new conference room at
the facility's location in Scottsdale. [MP]

End of Alcor News bulletin #19 dated December 7th, 2003.
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