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Case Summary: A-2219 (89th patient)

Tampa, FL — December 3rd, 2009
Alcor received emergency notification that a member had passed away, alone, at home. A relative of his had become concerned with an absence of communication and requested assistance from local police to perform a welfare check. The family’s worst fears were confirmed when authorities found the individual had passed away, possibly one or two days prior. As the family was aware and supportive of his desire to be cryopreserved, they notified Alcor. They also informed Alcor that police were taking the body to the medical examiner for an autopsy to be performed, due to the individual’s relatively young age.

We attempted to contact the medical examiner’s office to explain that he had donated his body to Alcor and that his release was a time sensitive matter. We asked that he be kept as cold as possible and explained that he did not want to be autopsied. We were informed that a full autopsy was likely to take place the next day, so we immediately began working with legal counsel in an attempt to avoid or limit the autopsy, especially with respect to the individual’s brain, and expedite release.

Alcor immediately sent Transport Coordinator Aaron Drake to Tampa to begin logistical preparations and to have a representative on site, if needed. The death was deemed suspicious and, after some consultation with the medical examiner’s office, our legal counsel indicated the only way to avoid the autopsy was to obtain a court order. We proceeded to file our legal pleading and an expedited hearing was held the next week. While the legal proceedings took longer than preferred, our member was kept very cold through the duration. In the end, the medical examiner’s office fulfilled the legal obligations of their office by performing only a limited autopsy that did not include the brain, releasing the patient to Alcor thereafter.

Suspended Animation relieved Aaron in Florida, so he could conduct the previously scheduled Southern California team training, and assisted in the preparation and shipping of our patient to Alcor in Scottsdale, AZ. Member A-2219 is now our 89th patient. A full case report will be issued.

James Bedford Day Celebration

Cryonics Oregon is happy to announce a meeting on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, in honor and celebration of Dr. James Bedford, the longest cryopreserved human (who remains preserved at Alcor to this day!).

Please join them at Carafe Bistro ( in downtown Portland at 7:30 p.m. for wine, fantastic food, and, of course, enjoyable company and conversation.

Due to the location of this event, an accurate headcount is absolutely necessary for our reservation, so PLEASE RSVP as soon as possible! Email Chana de Wolf at or call her at 503-756-0864 and let her know how many will be in your group.

Status of CEO Search

The CEO Search Committee has received quite a number of applications and resumes. They are still receiving inquires on a regular basis and are continuing to review them as they come in. They have, however, set aside names of applicants they would like to interview in the near future.

Team Training

Team Training
There will be a team training session in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm at the Alcor facility. Please contact Aaron Drake at if you would like to attend the training session.

A CryoFeast will follow the training session at 7:00 pm. This will be a potluck dinner at a nearby home of an Alcor member. Please contact Bonnie Magee at for the address, directions and to RSVP for the potluck CryoFeast!

New Statistics (as of November 30, 2009)

Alcor had 908 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Four (4) memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, two (2) memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of two (2) members this month.

Alcor had 71 applicants for membership. Six (6) new applicants were added, four (4) applicants were converted to members and no applicants were cancelled resulting in a net gain of two (2) applicants for this month.

Info Pack
Alcor received 324 info pack requests. Seven (7) were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 182 info packs sent per month in 2009 is compared to 173 in 2008.