Surgeon Claims Human Head Transplant Is Possible

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How would you feel being attached to a different body? Via the Telegraph:

Dr. Sergio Canavero believes that the technology now exists that will allow surgeons to carry out the Frankenstein-style procedure, which has been tested out on animals since 1970.

Up until now there has been no way to successfully reconnect the spinal cord, leaving the subjects paralysed from the point where the transplant was connected. Recent advances have meant that re-connecting the spinal cord is now possible, and it is believed that the breakthrough means that previously fatal diseases could be cured.

In 1970 Robert White successfully transplanted the head of a rhesus monkey onto the body of a second rhesus. Dr. Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, has proposed using a similar method.

He said: “The greatest technical hurdle to such endeavour is of course the reconnection of the donor’s and recipient’s spinal cords. It is my contention that the technology only now exists for such linkage.”

He believes that it a team of 100 could perform the operation in 36 hours — at a cost of £8.5million. Both heads would have to be removed at the same time, and reconnected within an hour.

17 Comments on "Surgeon Claims Human Head Transplant Is Possible"

  1. Noah_Nine | Jul 6, 2013 at 8:26 am |

    i have a feeling that the monkeys didn’t like that….

  2. Ittabena | Jul 6, 2013 at 9:48 am |

    Why would you want to do this? And if you were a candidate for this, why would you want to participate?

    Can’t see this as a “good thing” at all.

    • Garrett Schaefer | Jul 6, 2013 at 11:55 am |

      Say you’re in a horrific accident and your body is maimed to the point that you’ll have to spend your life in a wheel chair you steer with your chin and shit in a bag.

      I think i’ll ask if they have any spare bodies laying around.

      • Ittabena | Jul 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm |

        Anyone who has volunteered to be an organ donor in this money-only driven society in which we live today has not thought the whole prospect through to it’s logical conclusion.

        Think about it for while.

        • Nathaniel Harris | Jul 7, 2013 at 8:56 am |

          This body’s still warm- I rushed it straight here in the boot of my car- how much will you pay me for it?

          • Ittabena | Jul 7, 2013 at 9:04 am |

            Or, the internal dialogue of the doctor: I can probably save this person. Bill = $x,xxx Revenue from body parts if I don’t = $xxx,xxx

          • Microhero | Jul 7, 2013 at 10:27 am |

            Why not rent out your body and have some rich guy’s head attached next to yours, you’ll be living the life then!!

          • Because he would end up having really bad breath, or be a “chubby chaser” or something even more disgusting like being into receiving golden showers.

            Power corrupts, absolutely.

          • Microhero | Jul 7, 2013 at 11:05 am |

            Maybe have some kind of compatibility test or add..

            “Incredibly well to do gentleman looking for someone for permanent proximate relationship, must have body, lack sense of smell, be fond of “well roundish” women and warm showers of – aqueous solution of greater than 95% water, with the remaining constituents, in order of decreasing concentration urea 9.3 g/L, chloride 1.87 g/L, sodium 1.17 g/L, potassium 0.750 g/L, creatinine 0.670 g/L and other dissolved ions, inorganic and organic compounds.

            Reply with utmost urgency to Dr. Sergio Canavero”

          • LMFAO Very nice, bravo!

  3. MarloStanfield | Jul 6, 2013 at 11:12 am |

    i always knew i’d live forever

  4. atlanticus | Jul 6, 2013 at 11:23 am |

    Is tissue rejection not still a huge problem? If you couldn’t get access to immune-suppressant drugs, would your new body reject your head or would your head reject your body?

    (“Does the body rule the mind, or does the mind rule the body? I don’t know.”)

    • Phil Blank | Jul 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm |

      At 62, I’d do it!
      But I don’t have $8.5 Mil and I wouldn’t want to do it until there is a way found not to use immune-suppressant drugs!

  5. Ron Chandler | Jul 7, 2013 at 7:41 am |

    FYI A great little film made around early 1970’s starred Rock Hudson. It was called Seconds, about a sick rich old man who wants a body transplant. Black-and-white, small budget, made by a guy called John Frankenheimer, I think. (not Fronkensteen!)
    A truly spooky story with surprise ending.

  6. Microhero | Jul 7, 2013 at 8:32 am |

    Should cirurgically remove his head out of his ass first…

  7. Nathaniel Harris | Jul 7, 2013 at 8:53 am |

    Have your head cryogenically frozen, and live on with a new body! The technology will soon be here! Of course, the head must be removed before brain death for this to be possible, so its not a good idea to wait until you are already dying. I am therefore offering my services to anyone who would like me to cut their head off and store it in my freezer TODAY! All in the name of science, you understand. This white coat means I’m not a psychopath, really it does. Also soon available- Personality transplants!

  8. You know, I don’t see many women doing this…in the case of the post-menopausal, a return to periods would be a heavy consideration…also, somehow I think most women who cared enough to want a younger body would be dismayed to have an “old” head sitting on top of it.

    If only it could be reverse: if anyone remembers the movie “Return to Oz”…the possibilities of multi-head fashion are intriguing…

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