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First Successful Brain Transplant

Recently, scientists at the University of California - North by Northeast performed the first successful human brain transplant. Said the lead neurosurgeon, Dr. Robert Head, MD, “This is a breakthrough of unprecedented magnitude. I’m ecstatic that all our research and hard work finally paid off. We couldn’t be more pleased with how things turned out.”

The patient, who only agreed to be called Jose O’Malley, III for anonymity reasons, suffered a massive anterior communicating arterial stroke that left him severely incapacitated. He was a veterinarian at a local clinic before his stroke. His family heard about the research Dr. Head’s team was doing with rats and contacted him about the possibility of his first human subject. Dr. Head agreed immediately, “I saw this as the perfect opportunity to advance our research out of animals and into humans. We’ve had great success – recently – with brain transplants in rats so it was only logical to start human trials.”

“This new brain transplant surgery is quite remarkable, actually,” said Dr. Head. “My colleague, Dr. Inis Wu, and I first came up with the idea 10 years ago while we were competing in a Triathlon. It came out of the blue, really, neither of us are quite sure why we thought of it but here we are.”

What’s remarkable about the surgery is that it is done all under local anesthetic and the patient is kept talking throughout the procedure, except for the time when the brains are switched (during this time the patient is placed on life support). In this case, the transplanted brain came from a local high school physics teacher who suffered a sudden and unexpected heart attack. He was not only young but also in good health. His family has chosen to also remain anonymous. The transplanted brain is removed from the original body and cooled to halt neuronal death. The end of the severed spinal column is treated with a new nanoglue that automatically starts splicing individual axons and tracts to the new spinal cord when the transplant brain is placed on top.

“It’s incredible,” said Dr. Head, “we actually don’t have that much work to do because with this new nanoglue the process of reconnecting nerve fibers is automatic. It only takes 4 minutes. We just inspect the brain and spinal cord to make sure everything is lined up correctly. The nanoglue is also applied to areas like the optic nerves, that need to be spliced into the new brain.”

After the surgery, Jose made a speedy recovery. Within 24 hours he was moving his limbs and within a week he was walking and talking. His wife said, “It’s a miracle. We thought that Jose was gone forever but Dr. Head saved him. Well, he doesn’t know who any of us are, of course, because he has a new brain but we are all willing to work with the new Jose and learn to love him.” When asked if he planned on returning to work, Jose stated that he couldn’t wait to return to teaching physics. “I’ve always had a love of physics. There’s something about gravity research that really attracts me.” Jose doesn’t remember any of his past self or his work as a veterinarian but has accepted the story of the doctors and his new family. He especially likes his new name.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Disclaimer: the previous post is meant to be humorous. Surgeons have not performed and cannot at the present time perform brain transplants. I repeat, it is not possible to perform a brain surgery at this time, regardless of what you might have read online.

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  1. kaley
    December 10th, 2010 at 13:53 | #1

    This message is messed up. I am doing a project for a school and actually needed info and tougt this would help but obviously not.

  2. vincent
    January 28th, 2011 at 11:17 | #2

    im bit confuse, when the brain transplant successfuly, are the memory remain to the new body? need ASAP reply

  3. Jared Tanner
    February 16th, 2011 at 14:41 | #3

    No. My post was satire. We cannot transplant brains.

  4. Jared Tanner
    February 16th, 2011 at 14:42 | #4

    This is the best information we have about brain transplants; namely, we cannot do them. My post was satirical.

  5. kaebri
    March 21st, 2011 at 23:08 | #5

    @kaley
    I know! I need info for school too… and I was extremely hopeful.. until I read it. For anyone who wants to know more. NOVA has an article on it.

  6. Jared Tanner
    May 10th, 2011 at 14:46 | #6

    That Nova article (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/brain-transplants.html) is making guesses about what we might be able to do many years in the future. As an example, here is a quote from that Nova article by someone who is even willing to speculate about this: “As a scientist, you never say never, because you never know what will be within the realm of possibility several centuries from now.” As helpful brain transplants might be in some cases, if we can ever do it, we are many, many years away. That is even supposing it would be deemed ethical, which I doubt. Now what is more feasible and ethical is transplanting parts of the brain – a new hippocampus or some other part – to regain lost functions. A whole brain though? Not for a long time if ever.

  7. Luke
    August 4th, 2011 at 09:53 | #7

    Sure this was false but dosent mean it’s impossible. What about the Russian scientist who kept a dogs head alive while detached from it’s body? It’s was awake and responsive too. He also did head transplants on monkies.

  8. Chandler
    November 3rd, 2011 at 01:47 | #8

    Did anyone else notice that the fake doctor’s name was “Head”.

  9. November 21st, 2011 at 15:48 | #9

    this info sucks its really not gettin mii anywhere and i need info for a project mi and mii friend is doing on the brain the first transplant and the first doctor who performed the transplant this is fake!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Rachel
    January 4th, 2012 at 19:39 | #10

    Ahahahahaha!! I read all this open mouthed and didn’t even get it was a joke til the last paragraph – I was reading the stuff about nanoglue and just going what the HECK that could be so useful!! Whoever wrote this, classic!

  11. jon
    April 16th, 2012 at 12:35 | #11

    @Luke
    the Russian experiment about removing a dogs head and keeping it alive was not true the dog would of died it was made up

  12. Dr Head
    June 29th, 2012 at 16:18 | #12
  13. jay
    October 21st, 2013 at 05:56 | #13

    I would like a new brain transplant

  14. Eric Weston
    January 2nd, 2014 at 01:47 | #14

    how many more years until then? hopefully not that long

  15. Jared Tanner
    April 17th, 2014 at 10:19 | #15

    It will be many years, if ever. This is assuming a brain transplant is remotely ethical.

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