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    Valery Spiridonov will undergo the first ever human head transplant

    The terminally ill man who is set to become the world's first head transplant recipient says more details about his extraordinary surgery will be revealed next month.

    Valery Spiridonov, a computer scientist from Russia, is set to undergo the risky procedure next year.

    Today, the 31-year-old is wheelchair reliant due to a muscle-wasting disease, announced his neurosurgeon would explain how the plan was progressing in September.

    Mr Spiridonov says he is ready to put his trust in controversial surgeon Dr Sergio Canavero who claims he can cut off his head and attach it to a healthy body.

    Neither the exact date or location have been chosen yet, but the world first procedure is aimed to take place in December 2017.

    And speaking at a press conference, he said his Italian surgeon - dubbed Dr Frankenstein - will reveal more soon.

    Mr Spiridonov said: ‘I continue the dialogue with Mr Canavero, we exchange information and as far as I know, he is preparing a portion of news this September.’

    Severely handicapped, Mr Spiridonov received worldwide coverage when he volunteered as a guinea pig for the operation.

    He suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman, also known as spinal muscular atrophy, which can result in problems moving, breathing and swallowing.

    Most people with the disease die within the first few years of life, but he is among the 10 per cent who survive into adulthood.

    With his condition worsening every day, he previously told the MailOnline that he wants the chance of having a new body before his disease kills him.

    He claimed his family fully support his decision to be the first human to undergo such surgery and said: ‘If you want something to be done, you need to participate in it.

    'I do understand the risks of such surgery. They are multiple.
    ‘We can't even imagine what exactly can go wrong. I'm afraid that I wouldn't live long enough to see it happen to someone else.'

    The new body would come from a transplant donor who is classified brain dead but otherwise healthy.

    Dr Canavero has named the procedure HEAVEN, which is an acronym for head anastomosis venture. Anastomosis involves the surgical connecting of two parts.

    The cost of the 36-hour operation, which could only be performed in one of the world’s most advanced operating theatres, has been estimated to cost £14 million.

    And he insists all of the necessary techniques to transplant a head onto a donor body already exist.

    Both donor and patient would have their head severed from their spinal cord at the same time, using an ultra-sharp blade to give a clean cut.

    The patient's head would then be placed onto the donor's body and attached using what Dr Canavero calls his 'magic ingredient' - a glue-like substance called polyethylene glycol - to fuse the two ends of the spinal cord together.

    The muscles and blood supply would be stitched up, before the patient is put into a coma for four weeks to stop them from moving while the head and body heal together.

    When they wake the patient should be able to move, feel their face and even speak with the same voice.

    Powerful immunosuppressant drugs should stop the new body from being rejected.

    Critics say Dr Canavero has simplified the difficulties involved in reattaching a spinal cord and said his plans are ‘pure fantasy’.
    But if the operation is successful, the pioneering procedure could give new hope to thousands of paralysed and disabled people.

    Mr Spiridonov, who is also a tech scientist, presented his autopilot wheelchair system at a press conference in Moscow.

    His project – called Clever Chair – will improve the quality of life for people who can’t walk.

    But he said his project is aimed to help disabled people in the masses, and not just individual cases – unlike his surgeon’s operation.

    However, he hopes his project can complement Dr Canavero’s procedure, he added: ‘I want to help as many people as I can with the technologies that do not raise doubts and debates.’

    Mr Spiridonov is also attempting to raise funds for the surgery himself – by selling souvenir mugs and t-shirts.

    He has marketed a range of clocks, coaster and caps with the logo ‘Desire for Life’ and showing an image of his head on a healthy, muscular body.

    The first monkey head transplant was performed 45 years ago and a basic operation on a mouse was carried out in China recently.

    Dr Robert White transplanted the head of one monkey onto the body of another at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

    The monkey died after eight days because the body rejected the head.
    The monkey was unable to breathe on its own. The animal could not move because the spinal cord were not connected.

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    Brave guy. Unless we have people willing to try I guess we are never going to find out if it can be done.

    26 Comments

    Original Poster

    Sorry for long post!

    oO...... Is all I have to say.

    Edit - Wouldn't it be a body transplant?
    Edited by: "A1512" 3rd Aug 2016

    Not quite as easy as putting your "Mr T" head on your "Skeletor" body I'd imagine.

    Banned

    I bet it is a complete disaster & he is brain dead within 10 seconds

    Worzel Gummidge was doing this in the 80's ffs.

    but....on a serious note - Wow !

    Aiden1512

    oO...... Is all I have to say. Edit - Wouldn't it be a body transplant?



    Well a body is much bigger so it would be a head transplant.

    If this works out I want my head tansplanted on a sexy woman's body!

    Not that I'm planning on dying. X)

    YouDontWantToKnow

    I bet it is a complete disaster & he is brain dead within 10 seconds



    Bit of a win-win then no?

    Fingers crossed it works, although if the machines are running windows in the operating theatre lets hope then don't try a Windows 10 anniversary update during the procedure.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    Well a body is much bigger so it would be a head transplant.If this works … Well a body is much bigger so it would be a head transplant.If this works out I want my head tansplanted on a sexy woman's body! :3Not that I'm planning on dying. X)



    Hey good lookin.....(_;)
    http://i.imgur.com/GnAPyf8.jpg

    he must be in extreme pain to even contemplate doing this.

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    Shaydog

    Hey good lookin.....(_;)




    Their face has melted.

    Shaydog

    Hey good lookin.....(_;)



    Now go clear your browser history! X)

    A monkey head was transplanted years ago, I think early 90's, survived for a bit. I think it is a good idea.
    This day and age it should be common practice to recycle body parts instead of letting them rot in the ground. Many people could be helped.

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    richardthompson79

    A monkey head was transplanted years ago, I think early 90's, survived … A monkey head was transplanted years ago, I think early 90's, survived for a bit. I think it is a good idea.This day and age it should be common practice to recycle body parts instead of letting them rot in the ground. Many people could be helped.




    I couldnt think of anything worse.

    Imagine Donald Trump surviving 200 years with 3 different bodies....

    If he ever became president, he would be whacked by someone he has offended.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    Now go clear your browser history! X)


    Too late....he needs a deal for kleenex

    GAVINLEWISHUKD

    Well a body is much bigger so it would be a head transplant.If this works … Well a body is much bigger so it would be a head transplant.If this works out I want my head tansplanted on a sexy woman's body! :3Not that I'm planning on dying. X)



    I don't think k you've thought this through. Do you really want a load of men hitting on you all of the time cos of your hot bod?



    Edited by: "A1512" 3rd Aug 2016

    Aiden1512

    I don't think k you've thought this through. Do you really want a load of … I don't think k you've thought this through. Do you really want a load of men hitting on you all of the time cos of your hot bod? :|:p


    I'd never leave the bedroom TBF

    stuarthanley

    I'd never leave the bedroom TBF



    oO

    I imagine that the same sort of criticism was met with the first heart or liver transplants, Someone has to start somewhere and I am sure regardless of the outcome it must be a positive step for medical science. there is a TED about this I remember watching last year.. in fact its the same guy doing the surgery.

    youtube.com/wat…lvo

    Really hope it works as i will need it one day

    stuarthanley

    Not quite as easy as putting your "Mr T" head on your "Skeletor" body … Not quite as easy as putting your "Mr T" head on your "Skeletor" body I'd imagine.


    Skeletor's ripped. Haven't you seen He-man lately ?
    https://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/mods/110/images/71004-0-1446222215.jpg

    Truly amazing.

    I quite enjoyed the TED talk when I watched it a couple of years ago. He'll either go down as genius or an insane murderer, I doubt they'll be any middle ground. Someone has to be the first to try it I suppose!

    Edit: I've really got to remember to read down. Twice today.
    Edited by: "MSK." 3rd Aug 2016

    I don't think this is possible, too many nerve endings that control everything in our body.

    if it were, what thoughts/memories from "new" brain!

    Whatever next?!
    http://travelerfolio.com/tf2/photos/2010/03/funny-frankenstein-monster.jpg
    Edited by: "gerrymig" 4th Aug 2016

    Good to push the boundaries of medicine. I doubt it will work but they will learn a lot from the operation so this man may not be saving himself but he may be saving future generations.
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