A severely handicapped man, Valery Spiridonov has willing volunteered to become a guinea pig for the controversial world’s first human head transplant, in the hope of a better live in a healthy body.
The news which went viral on the international media said that more details of the risky procedure will be revealed next month, September, but the operation is confirmed to be conducted next year, December 2017 – no exact date or location.
Mr. Spiridonov is a Russian computer scientist who was struck with a terminal illness called Werdnig-Hoffman, also known as spinal muscular atrophy – a muscle wasting disease that hampers body movements, breathing and swallowing – left him on a wheel chair for most part of his adult life.
Medical records shows only 10% have a chance of surviving into adulthood. And now the 31-year old who is wheel chair reliance is grasping at a chance to live in a straight body and he has also affirmed his readiness to subject his life and trust in controversial surgeon, Dr. Sergio Canavero a.k.a. Frankenstein.
The surgeon had come up with the rather insane medical procedure of exchanging one head to another. As reported by Daily Mail, UK, Dr. Canavero has named the procedure HEAVEN, which is an acronym for Head Anastomosis Venture. Anastomosis involves the surgical connecting of two parts.
Such operation is alleged to last for 36 hours and is at the estimated cost of £14 million. It can only be performed in one of the world’s most advanced operating theatres.
Procedures of the Head Transplant Operation
Details of the procedure was established by the doctor who insisted all the necessary techniques to transplant a head onto a donor body already exist.
The procedure was listed as follows:
- Both donor and patient’s heads would be decapitated from their spinal cord at the same time, using an ultra-sharp blade to give a clean cut.
- Patient’s head is then placed 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 immuno suppressant drugs should stop the new body from being rejected.
Meanwhile Mr. Spiridonov said his family supports his decision to be the first human to undergo such surgery. According to him “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.”
Report says the new body would come from a transplant donor who is classified brain dead but otherwise healthy.
As a tech scientist, Spiridonov also has a project – Clever Chair – which he said is aimed at improving the quality of life for people who can’t walk. He wished for his project to complement the head transplant procedure, “I want to help as many people as I can with the technologies that do not raise doubts and debates,” – like Dr. Canavero’s.