[ExI] Hal Finney being cryopreserved now
giulio at gmail.com
Fri Aug 29 07:29:49 UTC 2014
This is vary sad. Hal's life, and his brave fight against formidable
adversities in the last 5 years, will remain a great example for all
transhumanists. Max, if any version of me is still around at that
time, please invite me to Hal's revival party, I want to shake his
Please share the press release when it's issued, it should be posted
also to the Bitcoin Forums and covered by Bitcoin news.
On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:41 PM, Max More <max at maxmore.com> wrote:
> I am both sad and happy to tell you that long-time Extropy Institute/Extropy
> magazine/Extropy chat list member -- and honored cypherpunk and Bitcoin
> pioneer – was declared clinically dead this morning and is now being
> Hal was diagnosed with ALS five years ago. He made it clear that once he
> lost the ability to communicate, he did not want his vital functions
> supported any further but should be allowed to cease functioning and
> promptly be cryopreserved. Hal and Fran Finney arrived in Scottsdale,
> Arizona on Tuesday where he was checked into ICU of a hospital near Alcor.
> After administration of drugs to ensure no consciousness, his ventilator was
> removed. Although the doctors expected all breathing to cease within an
> hour, Hal’s body kept going until shortly before 9:00 am this morning,
> August 28, 2014.
> Immediately after pronouncement of legal death, Alcor’s standby team went
> into action, restoring circulation, ventilation, administering an array of
> medications, and initiating external cooling. Surgery is currently underway
> to enable us to replace Hal’s blood and interstitial fluids with
> cryoprotectant. Once perfusion is finished we will be able to plunge Hal’s
> temperature down past the freezing point without any significant ice
> formation. Once he is down to around -110 degC we will slow cooling and take
> a couple more days to reach the final storage temperature of -196 degC.
> After that, Hal will be placed in long-term storage and cared for until the
> day when repair and revival may be possible.
> Hal’s wife, Fran (also an Alcor member) has stayed by Hal’s side throughout
> and is observing our procedures firsthand.
> Since Hal is open about his Alcor membership and said that he would be happy
> for us to tell people about his choice if it might be good for cryonics, we
> will be issuing a press release, as well as writing something more extensive
> for Cryonics magazine and elsewhere. If you have thoughts on Hal and his
> life and work, please send them to me.
> Hal, I know I speak for many when I say that I look forward to speaking to
> you again sometime in the future and to throwing a party in honor of your
> Max More, PhD
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> President & CEO, Alcor Life Extension Foundation
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