Man to undergo head transplant


I actually find this sufficiently disturbing that I didn’t want to blog about it. I’m sorry for the poor guy with Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, but I really, really hope this doesn’t happen. The word “abomination” comes to mind.

  • I think they had better re-think this.

  • tom_billesley

    Is it a head transplant or a full-body below-the-neck transplant?

    • canminuteman

      I suppose it depends on who in the donor and who is the receiver. Is the person supplying the head considered the patient or the donor?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Well, what if I can clone my own body and then transplant my old head onto my new body?
    I don’t see how this could work any other way, and even then should likely be 50-years away.
    I’d be surprised if anyone can really do this today.

    • I don’t see how it could possibly work. Surely they can’t graft spinal cord.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        With today’s technology, oh hell no. It won’t work.
        There are so many things that could go wrong with rejection too, that I don’t see this as a good or even viable idea.

      • freakypete98

        Exactly. If it was possible they’d be fixing spinal cord injuries already.

        • ntt1

          But that is part of the new idea, this is not repairing a crush injury ,but joining two sections of very finely dissected cord together, presumably this reduces the problems of bridging damaged or missing tissue.
          In my industry there are unfortunate incidences yearly of workers losing fingers, if it is a sharp blade and a clean cut, chances are good, not 100 % but good that the rejoining will work. Crush injuries or shredded amputations have absolutely no chance

          • SMC_BC

            I’ve been to many spinal cord injury symposiums and it’s unanimous spinal cord injuries can easily be made new by re-injuring the cord. Makes one wonder if this (2017) transplant attempt is successful will the surgery lend itself to help para/quadriplegics.

          • ntt1

            That is one of the few justifications for this experimentation. if the “head” is willing and the body “donated” then all that is left is the ick factor.If it works, and gets people mobile again then it would be an incredible advance.

        • SMC_BC

          I watched some of the online videos. In them, it explains the difference between a spinal cord injury and a surgically severed spinal cord saying the latter allows some nerve regeneration and only 20% is required for some reasonable movement.

          • Yikes.

          • freakypete98

            Let’s hope it has a future. Then maybe someone with a lower spinal cord injury can get themselves a new body.

    • moraywatson

      On the plus side, youth would no longer be wasted on the young !

  • When I was a teenager in the ’60’s I experimented with LSD. Once I had a “bad trip” (the acid was laced with strychnine causing severe stomach cramps).

    Anyway, I’ll never forget the terrifying hallucinations on that occasion — I saw rows of disembodied heads transplanted onto some sort of robot computer contraption. I was able to come out of it okay because I had the presence of mind to reason to myself, “it’s a hallucination caused by the drug — it’s not real so don’t worry about it”.

    I never imagined that 50 years later scientific ethics would reach such a low that a nightmare like that would be realistically possible.

    • mobuyus

      I too did a little experimentation with LSD, White Clinical, LSD25 and the such. I was led to believe that the strychnine was added to enhance the colours during the hallucination stages and yes it would cause stomach cramps but in my cases they were never really severe.

      • Windowpane was my preference — no strychnine. I heard the strychnine was used to “stretch” the dose by greedy dealers. Dangerous stuff — a number of suicides when kids thought hallucinations were real.

    • ntt1

      That was my approach too. white blotter by the way. the ability to mentally kick back and watch the movie is a great life lesson, nowadays it allows me to be polite to progressive table mates at dinner parties

  • mauser 98

    the mind reels

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …excuse me while I go wash my eyeballs…

    • Now try hanging that nude in a Public Library the way they did with Harper — the Libs would bring back the death penalty.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Ya gotta watch “The Thing with Two Heads”…where the dying racist billionaire Ray Millard gets his head transplanted onto the shoulder of death row inmate Rosie Grier….to keep him alive long enough to find a white body with a dick that’s big enough…

  • Maggat

    Here’s hoping that it does work. Then we can transplant certain heads to their correct bodies, jackasses.

  • moraywatson

    Head transplants !!? Allah will not be amused.

  • Okay, this stuff has gone TOO far.

  • WalterBannon

    I though this was already available?

    How else can you explain the liberal party’s feat of transplanting a jackass’ brain into Justin’s body?

  • Exile1981

    That comes 1st in the ick factor.

  • Americadies

    Maybe we could have Obama’s head sewn on a Jackass.