A 27-year-old patient, clinically confirmed “dead,” is being used for a trial at an India hospital. The trial, known as the Reanima Project, will involve regenerating the patient’s dead brain and essentially bring the person back to life, the Telegraph reports.
The groundbreaking trial will take place at the Anupam Hospital in India under the care of Dr. Bansal and his team, known as Bioquark, Inc. Dr. Bansal has previously had some success with two other patients and is looking to recruit a total of 20 patients for this trial.
During the trial, the patient will be observed and monitored for several months after the therapy in hopes to see brain cell regeneration. Dr. Bansal and his team are hopeful that the patient will revive a heartbeat and independent breathing once the brain stem begins to regenerate.
“At the moment there is no change noted. “
Dr. Bansal mentioned that two patients, one in the Gulf and another in Europe, are both showing minimal consciousness, but he is hopeful for them.
“They are still in minimal conscious state, but who knows that they may come out and have a reasonable conscious useful human life. We are now trying to create a definitive study in 20 subjects and prove that the brain death is reversible. This will open the door for future research and especially for people who loose their dear ones suddenly.”
The CEO of Bioquark, Dr. Ira Pastor, hopes to see results in as little as two to three months.
“This represents the first trial of its kind and another step towards the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime.”
A person is clinically confirmed dead when the brain stem completely stops functioning, according to Live Science. When the brain stem stops sending electrical signals to the brain cells, a person can no longer breathe without a ventilator and has no neurological activity.
Al Sears, M.D., mentions that three Dutch neuroscientists back in the 1990s revived brain cells of 30 patients after what is known as oxygen therapy.
What if we can someday have the option to bring someone back to life after being clinically confirmed as brain dead? Dr. Bansal compares this trial to a natural process in certain fish and amphibians, who can regenerate, repair, and remodel portions of the brain stem and brain after significant trauma. Salamanders can even grow new limbs.
When a person is clinically brain dead, certain functions are still possible, such as blood circulation, waste excretion, food digestion, hormonal balance, and is still able to sexually mature. Did you know that it is even possible for a woman to become pregnant and deliver a baby while she is brain dead?
The chief science officer and president of Bioquark, Dr. Sergei Paylian, added his input in regards to how this study could help with other conditions should it lead positive results.
“Through our study, we will gain unique insights into the state of human brain death, which will have important connections to future therapeutic development for other severe disorders of consciousness, such as coma, and the vegetative and minimally conscious states, as well as a range of degenerative CNS conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”
Should this medical trial yield positive results and brain cells can be regenerated, the future of the medical world will change significantly. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that you don’t have to say goodbye to loved ones simply because they are confirmed clinically brain dead? Perhaps some therapy and time are all a person would need.
As Dr. Sergei Paylian mentioned, this study could also help with degenerative conditions. Lives can certainly change in so many ways never thought possible!
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