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A-2157 Cryopreserved

A-2157, a confidential neuro member, was declared legally dead on March 25, 2014 and the same day became Alcor’s 122nd patient. Alcor received a Telemed alert on March 14, 2014. The member had stage 4 colon cancer and multiple issues including atrial fibrillation and jaundice. On March 1 a nurse practitioner said they were planning on discharging him to in-home hospice care. Her prognostication was that he may have between 3 and 12 days remaining before his health failed. That turned out to be accurate.

On March 18 the decision was made to relocate the member to Scottsdale so as to minimize transport time and to enable us to avoid remote blood washout and go straight to cryoprotection. Since Medical Response Director Aaron Drake would be out of the country, we asked Suspended Animation to cover the case starting at noon on Friday 21.

The hospice in Scottsdale gave the green light to accept our member on March 19. He arrived in Arizona from California on Sunday March 23 via air ambulance. Steve Graber and Max More stood watch during the afternoon and evening until the first members of the SA team arrived and took over. At the hospice he was monitored with remote telemetry to provide 24/7 cardiac monitoring and an adjacent room was provided to position the stabilization equipment.

A-2157 arrested at 4:24 PM on March 25, 2014. The patient arrived at Alcor at 5:23 PM. Seven people contributed to the procedures in the operating room, where perfusion of the patient was started at 7:43 PM and completed at 10:50 PM. Perfusion appears to have been highly effective, even though an unusually small amount of cryoprotectant was used, although we will be able to check on that after performing a CT scan.

Androklis Polymenis Donates 1 Million NXT to Alcor

Scottsdale, AZ (March 6, 2014) Androklis Polymenis, a digital currency entrepreneur, has recently donated 1 million NXT coins to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

After Alcor converted the 1 million NXT coin donation by Polymenis to bitcoins (and then to dollars) the end result was an approximately $46,000 donation to Alcor. The donation will be used to enhance marketing efforts, special projects and continued day to day operations at Alcor.

Alcor President, Max More, shared that “This was a wonderful surprise to our foundation. Alcor would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Mr. Polymenis for his kindness and generous financial contribution. This donation will help us continue our research and bring greater awareness of the possibilities of cryonics to a wider audience.

Androklis Polymenis, a 37-year-old digital currency entrepreneur was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and went on to complete a degree in Computer Science. He has worked as a software developer as well as a computer science teacher for high school students. In 2011 Androklis discovered Bitcoin and was completely amazed by this revolutionary platform. He quickly grasped the enormous potential of the technology and went on to become one of the early investors in NXT digital currency.

Today Polymenis has committed his full attention to the exploding field of cryptocurrencies and his own startup company UbiCrypt, with the goal of providing innovative solutions for NXT. In his spare time Androklis works on bringing together the words of promising disruptive technologies such as digital currency and life extension, with the goal of sparking greater public awareness and support for both.

The donation to Alcor was facilitated with the help of Nikola Danaylov, founder of and host of the popular Singularity 1 on 1 podcast.

About Alcor
The Alcor Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1972, is the world leader in cryonics, and cryonics research and technology. Alcor performed its first human cryopreservation in 1976. Since then, Alcor has engaged in long-term patient care as well as cryopreservation procedures. Among Alcor’s scientific achievements is the use of advanced cryoprotectant formulas capable of vitrification. Today, Alcor is the only full-service cryonics organization in existence. Alcor has almost 1,000 members with arrangements to be cryopreserved upon legal death and 112 patients cryopreserved. For more information about Alcor and cryonics, visit