В июле Институт Крионики (CI) заморозил первого пациента-хомяка. Хомяк принадлежал одному из британских членов CI. Криосохранение было одним из наиболее тщательно подготовленных. Из письма Бена Беста, директора CI:
the Cryonics Institute cryopreserved its first hamster in July. The hamster belongs to one of our Members in the UK.
As Andy can affirm, the amount of pre-planning and discussion that went into the cryopreservation of this little creature was enormous. Andy built a special shipping box for the hamster which was sent to the UK in preparation. When the horrific anticipated event of deanimation occurred I received a distraught phone call at 4am and I proceeded to contact all of the various parties involved in the shipping. They too had been on alert for the fateful moment.
The hamster arrived at the Detroit airport on a Sunday, which required special permission to get the release. The customs officials handled the transfer of the cryopreserved hamster in a professional and expeditous manner, so that we were able to get a speedy release.
The hamster could not be perfused and so had been shipped in dry ice. We cooled the hamster to liquid nitrogen temperature in our smaller cooling box and it is now being stored in liquid nitrogen in our "Cat-Stat".