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AN Italian surgeon is set to become the first in the world to transplant a human head on to a donor body.

 

The pioneering operation by Dr Sergio Canavero is to be carried out on a 30-year-old computer scientist who is suffering from a fatal muscle wasting disease.

 

Valery Spiridonov has admitted that the prospect of going through with the operation is terrifying.

“I am afraid, but what people don’t really understand is I don’t really have many choices.

 

“If I don’t try this out my fate will be very sad. With every year my situation is getting worse.”

 

The man from Russia, who is battling the rare genetic Werdnig-Hoffman muscle wasting disease, added: “My decision is final and I do not plan to change my mind.”

 

Dr Canavero said he’s received many emails and letters from people seeking the procedure and he had already decided that the first patient would be someone suffering from a muscle wasting disease.

 

The procedure has some medical precedent as it was recently reported that Chinese scientists had carried out a head transplant on a mouse.

 

But most medical experts say a human head transplant is pure fantasy.

 

Dr Hunt Batjer, president elect of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons, told CNN: “I would not wish this on anyone. I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death.”

 

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/terminally-ill-man-set-to-be-first-to-undergo-the-worlds-first-full-head-transplant/story-fn5fsgyc-1227301771920

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I heard about it a few months ago, but at that point it was all speculation, and there was a lot of negative criticism.

 

Personally, if the guy is that ill with the muscle wasting disease, hes been sentenced to s a slow painful death anyway, why not try and push the boundaries. Could lead to many new treatments in the future

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I'm assuming that when they separate this guys head they will have his head dpretty much on life support and he will be awake during all of this. Could imagine having your head separated from your body and someone carrying it with about ten tubes coming from the inferior part of your head/neck?

 

I really wish they would stream this procedure or televise thus. It would be amazing to watch IMO.

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I'm assuming that when they separate this guys head they will have his head dpretty much on life support and he will be awake during all of this. Could imagine having your head separated from your body and someone carrying it with about ten tubes coming from the inferior part of your head/neck?

 

I really wish they would stream this procedure or televise thus. It would be amazing to watch IMO.

I don't think I could get through something like that.

 

I'll watch all the gory movies in the world but when it comes to real life surgery or skateboarding videos where people arms/legs are snapping I just can't....

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I'm assuming that when they separate this guys head they will have his head dpretty much on life support and he will be awake during all of this. Could imagine having your head separated from your body and someone carrying it with about ten tubes coming from the inferior part of your head/neck?

Damn, this sounds so scary.

I guess he (=his head) will have to be on all kinds of painkillers not to go crazy mad due to pain and stress.

 

This has already been done on a monkey and a dog years back:

 

But the thing is that back in those days, they were only able to provide the head with blood circulation from the body. It wasn't even pumped properly by the body itself.  Because the problem is spine discontinuation - they couldn't fix that. So the lungs weren't getting signals from the brain to breathe, and so they weren't putting the oxygen for the heart to pump into the blood.

The monkey lively-hood had to be artificially sustained.

 

Now, it's 2015, and that problem still remains! 

Only as recently as last year we were able to fix a spinal cord, but one that was only severed, not discontinued. And it was performed on an otherwise fully functional and healthy person and what's crucial here - it was fixing one spine, not connecting two spines from two different people together (!):

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29645760

 

So what will that guy get? A non-functional quadraplegic body that requires artificial sustain until the head rejects it.... or the body rejects the head?

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No question that this dude will die but he is dying anyway. At least his death will help progress science. This does open the door to all kinds of issues though. Unhealthy rich people will definitely be buying healthy bodies if they ever get this to work.

Totaly.

 

Also - rich old women getting strong male bodies to **** everyone up in feminist rage, and rich old men getting hot chick bodies to fiddle with themselves... only to get butt raped by the raging old ex-women, lol.

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Damn, this sounds so scary.

I guess he (=his head) will have to be on all kinds of painkillers not to go crazy mad due to pain and stress.

 

This has already been done on a monkey and a dog years back:

 

But the thing is that back in those days, they were only able to provide the head with blood circulation from the body. It wasn't even pumped properly by the body itself.  Because the problem is spine discontinuation - they couldn't fix that. So the lungs weren't getting signals from the brain to breathe, and so they weren't putting the oxygen for the heart to pump into the blood.

The monkey lively-hood had to be artificially sustained.

 

Now, it's 2015, and that problem still remains! 

Only as recently as last year we were able to fix a spinal cord, but one that was only severed, not discontinued. And it was performed on an otherwise fully functional and healthy person and what's crucial here - it was fixing one spine, not connecting two spines from two different people together (!):

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29645760

 

So what will that guy get? A non-functional paraplegic body that requires artificial sustain until the head rejects it.... or the body rejects the head?

 

I was talking to some of the Attemdimgs today at the hospital about this. Pretty much the nest way to go about it would be to remove the spinal cord with the head and plant it into the donor body.

 

Then you have these issues with connecting the proper nerves from the spinal cord to the nerves in the body that branch off. It would be a crap shoot either way and most likely cause the guy to be a quadraplegic and on a vent the rest of his life.

 

I can't wait to see the outcome and this guy should go down km the history books as having big stones and also a contribution to science. We might get something useful out of it even if this doesn't work.

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I was talking to some of the Attemdimgs today at the hospital about this. Pretty much the nest way to go about it would be to remove the spinal cord with the head and plant it into the donor body.

That sounds like the most complex surgery ever attempted. I don't really know what portion of his body has the disease that's killing him. You'd think that his spine might not be fully healthy just like the rest of his body.

 

However they do it, attaching the new body will not work and the guy will die. But the fact that his head will be dis-attached from his own body is fascinating enough by itself.

 

He might the first human ever witnessed to be alive while only having his head in tact. I wonder how long they will be able to keep him like that and if they will wake him up. Probably not, the shock would kill him. Buf if they do.... OMG... 

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No question that this dude will die but he is dying anyway. At least his death will help progress science. This does open the door to all kinds of issues though. Unhealthy rich people will definitely be buying healthy bodies if they ever get this to work.

How much money would it take for you give up your healthy young body to a rich old man?

 

A 10 million dollar coke and Viagra binge on your way out the door sound good?

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i seriously hope it works, when i get about 50ish i'll get my head put on some 20 year old wimmens body

 

i'd play with my tits all day and see how many fingers i could shove in my box

You already play with your fat **** all day.

 

You already try to see how many fingers you shove into your angus all day. 

 

The only thing different would be that your body would be of a 20 year old woman.

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