A team of neurosurgeons led by Italian scientist Dr Sergio Canavero will be carrying out the world’s first human head transplant at Harbin Medical University in China, reported The Huffington Post.
Dr Canavero stunned the world last year when he announced the controversial procedure earlier this year. Now he found a willing volunteer that would be happy to undergo the operation.
Dr. Cavanero. Photo: Imgur
Valery Spiridonov, a Russian computer scientist suffering from a muscle-wasting condition called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, has agreed to undergo the procedure.
Valery Spiridonov. Photo: imgur
The controversial operation has been scheduled for January 2017. Spiridonov hopes that the procedure will give him a second chance.
The $15m surgery would see Spiridinov’s head removed from his body and attached to a healthy body from a brain dead donor.
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“The chances of this working are 90 percent,” Cavanero said. “Of course, there is a marginal risk. I cannot deny that,” he added.
In the video below, Dr. Cavanero explains the procedure:
“Spiridinov is a brave man and he is in horrible condition. You have to understand, for him, Western medicine has nothing to offer. Western medicine has failed,” Dr Canavero said.
Spiridinov, who is confined to a wheelchair, admitted he is nervous but said: “If it goes good, I think I will get rid of the limits which I have today.”
Referring to his critics, Dr Canavero added: “I prepare myself, not only scientifically but also psychologically which is equally important in order to tackle all these attacks on several fronts.
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