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Monday, March 2, 2015

'HEAVEN' surgery: Far from heavenly

Alexis Carroll, Transplant Pioneer  (PD)
With human head transplants allegedly only two years from fruition, some have been feeling aghast at the prospect.

The proclaimer himself, Dr. Sergio Canavero of Italy, dubbed this procedure “HEAVEN” (short for “head anastomosis venture”).  It involves the attachment of a decapitated human head to another human body via the use of spinal-cord “fusogens” such as chitosan and PolyEthyleneGlycol (PEG).

Wikipedia explains that when Dr. Robert J. White first transplanted a monkey’s head, there were many ethically-   based protests.  PETA (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”) has since denounced White’s experiments as “epitomizing the crude, cruel vivisection industry,” and others have compared him with Doctor Frankenstein.

Dr. Jerry Silver called the current state of this procedure “barbaric,” and wondered aloud (should things go horribly wrong):  Can you imagine looking around the room, and you’re just a head?

Then there are other key factors to consider:  Would personality traits and memories somehow become confused when one person’s head is fused with another’s body?  This type of a fate could   be far worse than either natural death, or than living with difficult conditions in one’s original, God-given body.


Copyright March 2, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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