Have you ever wondered if you could switch bodies with someone? Well, now that can happen. Sounds crazy, right? Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero , announced he will conduct the first human head transplant.
So, how will this futuristic transplant even work? The answer is not that complicated. From what is known, the bodies will first be cooled down so that the cells don’t die. Then, the necks of both people will be partly cut, and the blood vessels and arteries will be joined. After this the spinal cord will be cut, and the heads will be stitched. Using Polyethylene glycol the spinal cord will be fused together. To prevent any further damage, the body will be put in a coma for several weeks until everything is fused back together. In theory, the patient will have a new body.
This transplant it highly controversial because of all the high risks. However, I still believe that we should go ahead and do this procedure. This is because this transplant may save countless lives, and change many too. Also, this transplant was very successful when it was tested on mice and monkeys, and the next step will be people. It’s worth the risk. Humanity needs to move forward, technology will improve and science will also improve. this will lead to make the transplant safer. Until then, we should take our chances and do with this futuristic transplant.
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