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Comment author: ScottMessick 19 August 2012 02:45:16AM 2 points [-]

What about the brain damage her tumor is causing?

This seems important and I'm a little surprised no one's asked. How will her brain damage impact her chances of revival? (From the blog linked in the reddit post, it sounds like she is already experiencing symptoms.) Obviously she is quite mentally competent right now, but what about when she is declared legally dead? I am far from an expert and simply would like to hear some authoritative commentary on this. I am interested in donating but only if there's a reasonable chance brain damage won't make it superfluous.

Comment author: tarwatirno 19 August 2012 03:26:02AM 3 points [-]

It is in her brainstem. Which while that makes it very difficult to treat, it probably increases her chances of being revived intact.

Comment author: Eudoxia 19 August 2012 03:14:33AM *  3 points [-]

What about the brain damage her tumor is causing?

Jim Glennie (A-1367) had a glioblastoma multiforme, and cryoprotective perfusion achieved the best Glycerol concentration at the time (6.02M glycerol, 1992). A-2091 (name withheld) also had a glioblastoma and reportedly "target cryoprotectant concentration was reached in the brain".

Thomas Donaldson (A-1097) had an astrocytoma (I guess Astrocytes are a kind of glial cell, but I doubt the comparison can be extended further) and his cryopreservation was very good [p.16].

I am far from an expert and simply would like to hear some authoritative commentary on this

Disclaimer: I am not medically trained.

EDIT: I'm not sure if you're referring to brain damage affecting cryoprotection or brain damage affecting her mental state and making her opt out.

Comment author: ScottMessick 20 August 2012 04:34:09PM 0 points [-]

I was mainly worried that she would suffer information-theoretic death (or substantial degradation) before she could be cryopreserved.