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Stunning footage: what a head transplant operation can look like

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May25,2024

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Bioengineering company BrainBridge is developing a unique system that will make it possible to perform “head transplantation”. Scientists believe that such a step will allow people to live for hundreds of years.

The world's first prototype can be ready for head transplant surgery in 8 years. The Daily Mail writes about it.

The developers showed a stunning video in which they showed how their system will work. The authors suggest using artificial intelligence and robotics to transfer a patient's brain and spinal cord to a donor body.

Employees of an American startup believe that this creepy procedure will allow people to significantly increase life expectancy, as the human brain can live for hundreds of years as long as the rest of the body remains young.

However, scientists around the world have been skeptical of this development. According to them, the new concept is a “gross simplification of how the human brain works.” Moreover, some scientists consider the new system to be “bad fiction”.

Back in 2016, the Ethical and Legal Committee of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies recognized human head transplantation unethical. But the committee has no legal authority to interfere in any way with this procedure. The committee previously stated that human head transplant surgery carries many risks, including the risk of death.

Stunning footage: what a head transplant operation might look like

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The new system involves abody donor, a brain-dead patient with a functional body, and a recipient whose head will be transplanted into a new body. Both bodies will be cooled to 5°C to reduce the risk of potential brain damage. Next, an unspecified concentration of artificial plasma solution will be injected into both bodies, which will ensure saturation of the brain and body with oxygen to prevent the formation of blood clots.

The operation itself will be performed by a robot: he will carefully expose the carotid and vertebral arteries, as well as the jugular veins. Next, the blood will be completely pumped from the recipient's head to prevent blood clotting, and then it will be “immediately” connected to the circulatory system of the donor's body, after which it will be pumped with fresh, oxygenated blood.

Stunning Footage: What Head Transplant Surgery Could Look Like

Provided , that artificial intelligence algorithmswill track the muscles and nervesof patients during surgery to promote a smooth fit. The use of chemical polyethylene glycol and a “specialized implant” that will help restore the connections of severed neurons is also envisaged.

After that, the transplantation of facial muscles and soft tissues of the donor will begin, which should reduce the likelihood of tissue rejection and help rejuvenate the recipient's face. After spending up to a month in intensive care, where the patient is monitored in a coma and given immunosuppressive drugs to prevent the immune system from rejecting the donor body, the brain must regain control.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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