Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

These neurosurgeons must be off their heads

There are many surgical operations which, understandably, you enter into with trepidation.

Even minor ones give pause for thought. What if I never wake up again? But you always do. And better for it too.

However, I think that having my head transplanted would cause me a few butterflies.

Top Italian neurosurgeons – an expression I've never used before – have found a way to replace one person's head with another by reconnecting spinal cords.

Theoretically, then, I could have my head transplanted on to the body of Henry Cavill (Superman in Man Of Steel). I can see how he might object, though.

Apart from anything else, the job would take 100 surgeons three days at a cost of £8.5m (including sandwiches).

Dr Sergio Canavero says the operation requires an extremely sharp knife. Yes, that would help.

So far, they've only tried it on a rat. Interestingly, it went on to become head of a major bank.

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