WE’RE CLOSE TO THE FIRST HUMAN HEAD TRANSPLANT
It may sound impossible, but an Italian doctor says full head transplants could be possible in two years.
Sergio Canavero, of the Turin Advances Neuromodulation Group in Italy first proposed the idea of transplanting one person’s head onto another’s body back in 2013.
Now he plans to announce the actual project at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthapedic Surgeons in June where he’ll seek support and sponsors for it.
Canavero says the operation relies on the re-connection of the severed stumps of the two spinal cords involved.
He writes, “GEMINI spinal cord fusion [is the] key [to] sharp severance of the cords themselves [with minimal damage.]”
Other doctors express they don’t believe it will ever be possible, but even if it is, it’ll be difficult for Canavero to find a country to allow him to do it.
He says, “The real stumbling block is the ethics. Should this surgery be done at all? There are obviously going to be many people who disagree with it.”