A Soviet scientist tried one thing unattainable in 1959. Vladimir Demikhov tried to create a residing, respiration, two-headed canine. If that feels like science fiction, you’re not alone. Unusually sufficient, Demikhov really succeeded in his quest to create a brand new sort of canine.
Through the summer season of 1959, Life Journal ran a characteristic on Demikhov and his work. These footage had been featured within the article, and they’re outrageously weird.
This scene of two canine resting collectively doesn’t look so odd at first look. Although, the framing of the image is misleading…
These two canine are literally connected on the neck, and they’re alive.
This is kind of the diagram for Demikhov’s creation of the two-headed canine. Demikhov had his choose of canine from an area canine catcher. He chosen an even bigger canine and a smaller one to be surgically connected collectively.
The disturbing surgical procedure started by sedating each canine. The physique of the smaller canine was eliminated just under the ribcage. Demikhov and his workers had been cautious to tie off every of the canine’s blood vessels as they went. The smaller canine’s backbone was severed in the long run.
The subsequent half concerned becoming a member of the 2 animals collectively. The larger canine had an incision made on the base of her neck. All of her important blood vessels had been then uncovered. The scientists then slowly started to affix the 2 canine’s blood vessels collectively. The smaller canine retained its coronary heart, lungs, and entrance paws when all was stated and executed.
This sort of surgical procedure is rarely straightforward.
The surgical procedure was in the end a hit. Each canine survived their unusual ordeal and will transfer round unbiased of one another.
Sadly, the newly conjoined canine didn’t final lengthy. They each died about 4 days after the surgical procedure.
When you may be fast to level out how merciless and horrible this experiment was, Demikhov’s work really achieved some good. He was the primary particular person to efficiently transplant hearts and lungs in animals. This paved the best way for human organ transplants.
(by way of Vice)
That doesn’t appear like it was a enjoyable surgical procedure for the canine. Nevertheless, the newly conjoined canine really look pleased (or no less than regular) in just a few of these images. It’s bizarre that such a weird, mad scientist-type experiment may result in large advances in drugs.