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?

Find out more at http://www.businessinsider.com/head-transplant-surgeon-frankenstein-2017-7




I find your summary very interesting and it convinces me to read your article! The subject of the article is very well chosen. More precisely, the idea of brain transplantation is a bit frightening and unbelievable to me. As you said in your summary, Dr. Canavera has to transplant a brain-dead donor's body with the head of a patient with an insensible body. I did some research on hand transplantation on YouTube to see what it looks like and I realize that it is possible, but the result is far away from perfection. After months of rehabilitation, the hand is still not agile as a normal hand. Imagine how it would be difficult for a patient to learn how to control an entire body. Furthermore, I found an interesting article with more precise information on the surgery from the National Post, "Meet Sergio Canavero, the brain behind the world's first head transplant, and, perhaps, the key to everlasting life". In this article, it explains that the surgery will last 36 hours and will implicate around 150 people. Also, to cut the head from the patient by minimising damages to the head and the body, surgeons will use a special custom made diamond blade called the GEMIN-o-tom! The surgeons will have less than one hour to connect the head to the body which seems to be almost impossible to be me. Finally, even through the probability of success is very low, from an ethical point of view, I think that it is morally acceptable to do the head transplantation, because the candidate who receives a new body agrees to the procedure and have rational thoughts since he is a 31-year-old Russian computer scientist, Valery Spiridonov. Therefore, he is used as an end and not as a mean. In addition, from an utilitarian point of view, the research on head transplantation will lead to further scientific improvements in the domain of health which people can benefit from.


Wow thanks, I appreciate your commentary. I find it smooth that you included some current humanities teachings into this post, great way to blend multiple subjects hahah!

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