It’s the stuff of science fiction… bad b-grade science fiction!
Dr Sergio Canavero believes that thanks to modern medicine, and with a few further advances, head transplants could be ready as soon as 2017.
The procedure would work as follows (read more here):
The recipient’s head would have to be cooled to keep the cells alive, as would the recently deceased donor. Next, the neck is cut into and the blood vessels are hooked up by a series of small tubes. After the spinal cords are neatly severed, the head is then moved onto the donor body, which is ready for the trickiest and most crucial part: joining up the ends of the spinal cords.
But many other surgeons believe it will never happen.