Human Head Transplant Update 2021 | Surgery Video

This operation may sound like something out of a horror movie, but one man is hoping it will improve his quality of life

Earlier this year Italian neuroscientist Sergio Canavero ( Also called Dr. Frankenstein) shocked the world when he announced he would perform the world’s first human head transplant. Recently Dr. Sergio Canavero announced the procedure will be performed in YR 2022 (originally scheduled for December 2017), and he has recruited a head surgeon (pun intended) to lead the controversial procedure.

Sergio Canavero - Human Head Transplant
Sergio Canavero – Human Head Transplant

This operation may sound like something out of a horror movie, but one man is hoping it will improve his quality of life. The medical community has its concerns. For one, Canavero would have to attach millions of tiny nerves, a problem he says he’s solved by using a fusogen (sealant) comprised of polyethylene glycol (PEG).

This gel substance works like a glue. It’s nothing new: PEG is used in a variety of biological and commercial applications, such as laxatives and skin cream. In his research paper, Canavero explains:

…a sufficient number of axonal proximal stumps get fused with the distal counterparts in such a way to ensure appropriate electrophysio-logical conduction, likely the result of tight axonal packing. This number is likely low (10–15%), and yet enough for recovery, reflecting the potential for substantial plasticity in the injured

This is an observation by Dr. Canavero, not an explanation. His work, often, reads like that. He reports results without overcoming the obstacles we have in understanding how he arrived there. Other scientists are less kind, calling him an outright provocateur of the impossible. He’s been called crazy by the media.

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