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Friday, April 10, 2015

This is the first person who will undergo the human head transplant operations

A man from Russia recently made a startling announcement after stating his willingness to volunteer in the trial of human head transplant operation, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

As reported by the Mirror, Valery Spiridonov (30) a computer scientist who suffer from abnormalities in the muscles, so that his muscle growth is not normal and is hoping to be the first to perform a head transplant would be led by Dr. Sergio Canavero.
A Russian man has volunteered for a total head transplant operation. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1NY2OnB)
This Russian man is very confident with his decision, because he suffered a muscle disorder also known as Werdnig-Hoffman syndrome, is potentially fatal. 

"My decision was unanimous and there was no room to change my mind, what I fear? Of course, it looks terrible but on one hand it is very interesting to try, if I did not take this decision then bad things will happen to me as well," he said.

Meanwhile Dr. Canavero told CNN, saying that he made sure Spiridonov will be the first to do the head transplant, but still constrained in terms of funding and has not met directly with Spiridonov for medical track record. 

Dr. Canavero also said besides Spiridonov also there are some other people who has declared their readiness to become a volunteer in this large project, but everything is still limited through the e-mails.

To do this big project Dr. Canavero has prepared 150 doctors and nurses. Dr. Canavero very confident that he is able to do so and is expected to take as long as 36 hours for the head of the transplant surgery.
As an illustration, in 1970 a head transplant operation ever conducted on monkeys, but after eight days the monkeys died because because the body rejected the new head. And before the monkey dies, it can not move because the spinal cord of the head and body are not perfectly connected, it also had difficulty breathing.

This of course will lead to controversy, as expressed by Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Centre, has described Dr Canavero as 'nuts'.

He said the bodies of head transplant patients 'would end up being overwhelmed with different pathways and chemistry than they are used to and they’d go crazy.' He added: “It’s not like you can unscrew your head and put it on someone else.”

Dr Hunt Batjer, president elect of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons, added: “I would not wish this on anyone. “I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death.”. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MIRROR]
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