This procedure would require a body from a young brain-dead male patient.
Once permission from the family is granted, the surgeons would set the body up for surgical decapitation.
At the same time, Spiridonov would be brought in and another surgical team would cool his body to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This would delay tissue death in the brain for about an hour, meaning the surgeons would need to work quickly.
Using a transparent diamond blade, they would then remove both patients’ heads from their bodies, ultimately severing their spinal cords at the same time.
A custom-made crane would be used to shift Spiridonov’s head – hanging by Velcro straps – onto the donor body’s neck. The two ends of the spinal cord would then be fused together with a chemical called polyethylene glycol, or PEG, which has been shown to promote regrowth of cells that make up the spinal cord.
The muscles and blood supply from the donor body would then be joined with Spiridonov’s head, and he would be kept in a coma for three to four weeks to prevent movement as he healed. Implanted electrodes would be used to stimulate the spinal cord to strengthen new nerve connections.
Canavero has said the transplant – which would require 80 surgeons and cost tens of millions of dollars if approved – would have a “90 percent plus” chance of success.
A head transplant? No fucking thank you. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be trapped in a body that can’t move. It would be awful. But, that doesn’t mean I’d sign on the dotted line to get a head transplant if it were offered. Just the mental stresses that would come with, oh you know, getting your fucking head severed and put on someone else’s body would be a wee bit too much for me.
I can barely sleep the night before I go to the dentist. I cant imagine the tossing and turning that would take place if I knew that my head was getting cut off, held above my body by velcro, sewed on another dude while I’m left in a coma for a few weeks. Doesn’t sound ideal.
And where do the scientist get the numbers of the operation having a 90 plus chance of success? Are you shitting me, Russia? I had a vasectomy done last year (shout out to my obliterated vas deferens) and the doctors told me that the operation had a 95 percent chance of success. So, they expect us to believe that if they detached 100 heads that they could reattach 90 heads to different bodies successfully? I would fucking POUND the under on that. I’d pound the under on 10 heads to be honest. If they do this operation, odds better be placed on Bovada. Fucking 90 percent. Get outta here, Russia.