Russian Scientist Volunteers For First Head Transplant In History
Head transplant, which was just a myth until today, might go on to become a reality. Valery Spiridonov, a 30-year-old Russian scientist, has volunteered for the world’s first human head transplant. He is suffering from a terminal illness affecting his spine.
Spiridono has confirmed his decision to volunteer for the surgery that will be performed by Dr Sergio Canavero. The deadly genetic disorder known as Werdnig-Hoffman, which he is suffering from, is making him more and more disabled. The transplant is his only option to get a healthy body.
Dr Canavero has claimed that it is possible for him to conduct the procedure in a span of 36 hours. He will need a team of 150 doctors and nurses to conduct it. The procedure, according to him, is not simple but possible. During the surgery, a person with a dead brain but otherwise healthy body will get the brain of the other person.
Valery mentioned he is quite scared to undergo the surgery, but he is willing to take his chances as this may give him an opportunity to live in a healthy body. He has spoken with the doctor over Skype but has never met him in person.
The human head transplant will be the first of its kind. Instead of specific organs, the donor will be donating his entire body, but only if family members agree. Previously in 1970, a similar surgery was conducted on a monkey, but it died eight days later, the Mirror noted. The surgeons then were not able to transfer the spinal cord, so the immune system of the monkey rejected the brain.
The cost of the surgery is going to be quite high, but Sergio has made arrangements for it without revealing exact numbers. In June, he will present his proposition to the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons (AANOS). Named HEAVEN, the surgery is planned to be done in 2017.