What?! A surgeon inspired by "Frankenstein" is transplanting human heads?
by emdes25 on September 18, 2017 - 11:47pm
Organ transplantation, a recent scientific breakthrough never ceasing to progress, has allowed millions of lives to be saved or improved. Indeed, a shocking revelation has been made in medicine as Italian surgeon, Sergio Canavero, attempts the impossible. Dr. Canavero is convinced, and currently persuading others, that he can successfully complete the first full-body human transplant.
His goal is to transplant a brain-dead donor’s head and segments of their spinal cord in a patient with spinal injury. This procedure was named “HEAVEN” for head anastomosis venture. It was also named as such because the surgeon is breaking the barriers between life and death, making it possible for one to experience both. Dr. Canavero has already found a patient, an anonymous Chinese national, making the transplant possible for Fall 2017.
Furthermore, one of the most astonishing aspects of this procedure is the inspiration from which it came. According to Sergio Canavero, the final details allowing the procedure to be possible, were plotted after the surgeon read and loved Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. The classic novel inspired Canavero to use electricity for the fusion of the spinal cords and to accelerate regeneration.
The Italian surgeon argues his surgery will be a success with the proof of his trials and data on mice, rats and dogs that underwent the procedure. However, even though many scientists are doubting his research as well as denying his claims of success, Sergio Canavero prepares to attempt the incredible with great confidence.
Will the first full-body human transplant prove to be successful?