You all remember the movie Face off released 20 years ago featuring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage? No? Okay. Scratch that, you were probably a toddler then. That blockbuster movie had everyone of that age at the edge of their seats when obsessed John Travolta had to undergo a face/body feature changes just to get information from Nicolas’ brother about a bomb. However, that move shot him in the leg.
Fast forward to today, 2017, medical science has changed the face of the planet and increased the quality of living among humans with tech advancement like growing organs in the labouratories to carrying out face transplant, proving all doubts about Face Off as impossible to achieve.
Earlier this year, an Italian neuroscientist Sergio Canavero shocked the world when he announced he would perform the world’s first human head transplant. The procedure was announced to be scheduled for December 2017, and he had recruited a head surgeon Dr Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University, China, who last year successfully grafted a head onto the body of a monkey to lead the controversial procedure. But it does not end there, the team seems to have performed a human head transplant on a corpse which successfully connected the spine, nerves and blood vessels of two people. And if that sounds to you like some incredible news or even Frankenstein-type of achievement, be rest assured that it is not. Removing a head from one human corpse and replacing it with the head of another corpse proves absolutely nothing about the feasibility of a human head transplant involving one or more living people, and nothing Sergio nor Ren has ever done in this line of work has been even slightly convincing regarding the procedure’s probability of success and lack of tangible proof.
We can’t describe how we feel about this. This operation sounds like something out of a horror movie, but somebody, maybe you, is hoping it will improve your quality of life by helping you achieve your dream body with just one surgery.
Actually, the procedure was outlawed after the first procedures were tested on rats which lived few hours after the procedures.We are thinking that even if the law approves such surgery procedures, the patients will be physical, emotionally and psychologically scarred for life after the surgery.
But all hope is not lost as we are still waiting to announce updates regarding the procedure being successfully carried out on two living humans. This time, with proof.