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    Operation that saved child with internal decapitation

    Hello,
    Can anyone give details on the recent story concerning the Australian child who was saved from internal decapitation through survey? Took place in Australia. We're they able to reconnect the spinal cord?
    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 10-11-2015 at 06:30 AM. Reason: Correct title error

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    Internal decapitation, or atlanto-occiptial dislocation, is a separation of C1 from the base of the skull. Some of the better written news articles note that the surgeon used wire and the baby's rib bone to fuse the neck and skull together. I think this was a very unstable spine but not a severed spinal cord.

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    That's what I thought. It was difficult to find details. Someone is planning to execute a "head" transplant in a year or so. Surely this implies spinal cord reattachment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garvey View Post
    That's what I thought. It was difficult to find details. Someone is planning to execute a "head" transplant in a year or so. Surely this implies spinal cord reattachment.
    There's at least one CareCure thread on the head transplant surgeon. The latest is that he's picked December 2017 for the procedure. Plans are for the surgery to take place in China. A surgical specialist has been chosen to perform the procedure but he's still got some work to do first: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...-10304115.html

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    The child in Australia that I have read about did not have cord damage. There are a significant number of adults and children who have C1 or C2 fractures and even fracture-dislocations and are lucky enough not to have neurologic deficits. There is no way to reconnect the cord to either another section of the cord or the brainstem. This child is not paralyzed, so had no or limited cord damage, and is shown on videos walking around in his halo brace:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ja...tation-n440041

    http://www.medicaldaily.com/toddler-...ire-and-355838

    (KLD)

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    Are any gambling sites taking odds on the head transplant guy? Cuz that sounds like easy money to me.

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    Here is our previous discussion of the planned "head transplant": http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...ead+transplant

    (KLD)

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