The world’s first head transplant, a pure fantasy or a reality?
The Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero has said with great enthusiasm that head transplant is possible and he is able to perform such a surgery. A patient from Russia, with a severe degenerative disease, agreed to be the subject of the experience.
1 First human head transplant might happen in only two years
It is really unbelievable; this Italian surgeon will perform a head transplant on a foreign body. This will be the first operation of its kind. The controversial surgeon Sergio Canavero has announced to the media campaigns that he will be ready to perform it in 2016.
Valery Spiridonov, a computer programmer, whose brain is intact, agrees to be the guinea pig. He suffers from the Werdnig-Hoffman disease (spinal muscular atrophy), he knows that with this incurable genetic disease he has only little time to live. So after a few exchanges on Skype with doctor Sergio Canavero, and because he has nothing to lose, he accepted to transplant his head on a healthy body. But they still have to find the body of a donor whose brain is dead.
2 An operation that takes science fiction really bad
The head is placed on the body of the “donor” through special glue based on polyethylene glycol that Canavero has developed. After the transplant, Spiridonov should then be kept a month in coma so they can immobilize the neck muscles while electrodes assist in the regeneration of nerve connections and the fusion of spinal cords.
If the transplant is successful, he will be able to move, speak with his own voice and feel his own face. Physiotherapy will allow him to get up after a year. The operation, which will last probably 36 hours, its cost is estimated to be around 10 million.
3 People’s opinion
This announcement caused an outcry in the scientific community that many consider that such an operation in 2016 is a “pure fantasy”.
“I do not wish it to anyone, and I will not allow anyone to do it on me. There are things that are worse than death”. President elect of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons, Dr. Hunt Batjer. The medical professor Olivier Remy-Neris believes that both technically and ethically, this operation takes science fiction really bad!
There are more than 40 years, the first head transplant was performed on a monkey and tests had resulted in the death of the animal within a few days….