Aaron Drake, Alcor's Medical Response Director, and Steve Graber, Alcor's Readiness Coordinator, flew to Palo Alto, CA, where Jim was hospitalized.
, Steve, and members of the Northern California team met with hospital administrators to lay the plans for the expected cryonics procedures, Jim's vital signs continued to decline over the course of the day.
Suspended Animation was requested to join Alcor's Aaron Drake, already on standby, for a full deployment.
All team members, including a board certified veterinary vascular surgeon and perfusionist, were in place prior to discontinuing the life support.
The member's health continued to decline for another 18 hours before he
was pronounced by hospital staff.
Immediate stabilization, cool down and a field washout were performed and the patient was shipped to Alcor
by air ambulance.
and various members of Arizona's response team, along with Sandra Russell from Critical Care Research, rotated shifts over the course of the next six days until the member was pronounced.
A long time member since 1990 and a volunteer at Alcor, Paul Garfield (A-1608L), entered into hospice care this past May in Plano, TX. Alcor's deployment committee decided to send Aaron Drake, Alcor's Transport Coordinator; members of the Texas Regional Response Team; and a team from Suspended Animation to perform a standby.
In anticipation of being granted authority to receive the patient, Alcor deployed Transport Coordinator Aaron Drake along with the equipment needed to prepare and transport her back to Alcor.
Since that county's medical examiner completes his
work at the various funeral homes, rather than at one central location, the patient was maintained at a temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the process, thus limiting the amount of ischemia that occurs in comparison to a normothermic environment.