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Head transplant proposed for treating spinal cord injury patients

Spinal cord injuries currently have no cure. This can be discouraging for a person in West Virginia who has suffered a spinal cord injury in a vehicle crash or another type of life-altering accident, as these types of injuries can significantly hamper a person's ability to function normally. Many injury patients hope that, with modern technology, however, they may be able to improve their quality of life in the future.

One neurosurgeon recently introduced the idea of performing a head transplant in the next couple of years. The scientist said he could do this by putting the head of a damaged person onto a body belonging to a donor who is deceased. He said he could join the severed head's spinal cords with the brand new body.

Some scientific experts, though, do not think this unorthodox medical procedure is viable. Part of the reason is that researchers still have not uncovered an effective way to reconnect the two sections of the spinal cord of an injured person, so some think it is not possible to join two different people's spinal cords. Spinal cord injury research has been underway for several decades, but unfortunately, limited options still exist for treating patients who suffer from these injuries.

If a person's spinal cord injury is the result of another individual's negligence, the injured party has the right to file a personal injury claim in West Virginia. Competent proof of negligence is necessary to establish the other party's liability in a related civil court proceeding. Only then will a judge determine the plaintiff's claims for monetary damages, which -- if awarded -- may help the patient to address the financial ramifications of the injury-causing incident.

Source:, "Why Head Transplants Won't Happen Anytime Soon", Tanya Lewis, March 6, 2015

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