Heads Could Be Transplanted In 2017


Surgeon: We Could Transplant Human Head in 2017

An Italian surgeon has outlined the procedure

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
  Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero said in 2013 that surgery to transplant a human head would be possible soon. Now he’s set to announce a project to do just that, via a keynote lecture at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons annual conference this June. He sees the procedure as being possible as soon as 2017 and believes it should be pursued as a means of saving people with, say, multi-organ cancer, reports New Scientist. But the obstacles loom so large—spinal cord fusion among them—that most surgeons the magazine contacted dismissed the proposal altogether. “There is no evidence that the connectivity of cord and brain would lead to useful sentient or motor function,” a prominent surgeon said. But earlier this month, Canavero sketched out what he considers to be a viable procedure in Surgical Neurology International:

First he’d cool the head of the recipient and the body of the donor (he intends to use a brain-dead donor) to  http://www.newser.com/story/203241/surgeon-we-could-transplant-human-head-in-2017.html

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