It may seem like weird futuristic medical impossibility, but Dr. Canavero thinks we already have all the tools and understanding to transplant a human head from one body to another. Is this guy crazy, a genius, or both?
It starts with cooling both the body and head right down so the cells won’t die when deprived of oxgyen through the process. Next, the neck is severed and all the crucial blood vessels are hooked up to tubes while the spinal cord on both the head and the body are severed.
“The recipient’s head is then moved onto the donor body and the two ends of the spinal cord – which resemble two densely packed bundles of spaghetti – are fused together,” says Thomson. “To achieve this, Canavero intends to flush the area with a chemical called polyethylene glycol, and follow up with several hours of injections of the same stuff. Just like hot water makes dry spaghetti stick together, polyethylene glycol encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh.”
Canavero told Thomson the final step would be to stitch up the muscles and blood supply, and to induce a three- or four-week coma to let the body heal itself while embedded electrodes stimulate the spinal cord to strengthen the new nerve connections. (ScienceAlert)
Dr. Canavero believes that impossible is only a way of the mind. By changing perspective, everything becomes attainable. He proved so when in three months at age 27 worked out the mechanism of one of the most intractable medical mysteries ever, central pain syndrome. Against accepted neurological lore, he restored partial consciousness in patients in the persistent vegetative state and introduced motor cortex stimulation for the treatment of movement disorders and stroke rehabilitation. In 2013, he made worldwide news with his project of cerebrosomatic anastomosis (Head Transplant) and again in 2014 with his cortical stimulation proposal for the treatment of psychopaths.