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World’s first human head transplant to take place in 8 months

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Valery Spiridonov explains why he wants to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, which will be carried out by Italian neurosurgeon Professor Sergio Canavero.

Mr Spiridinov, from Russia, suffers from Werdnig Hoffman disease, a muscle wasting condition that seriously diminishes his physical capabilities and left him dependent on a wheelchair.

Now he has announced his intention to become the world’s first subject of a full head transplant, so that his brain can be attached to a healthy body.

Italian neuroscientist Dr Sergio Canavero claims he can complete the unprecedented procedure in less than a day.

The whole process, Dr Canavero says, is “90 per cent” guaranteed to succeed, though he admitted: “Of course there is a marginal risk. I cannot deny that.”

Other doctors have expressed serious doubts, and, in particular, the likelihood that Mr Spiridinov’s brain will still be functional by the time the surgery is complete.

Mr Spiridinov, however, is more optimistic.

“If I have a chance of full body replacement I will get rid of the limits and be more independent”, he said.

Stage one involves cooling the patient and donor’s bodies in order to prevent the brain cells from dying during the operation.

Next, the neck is partially severed and the blood vessels from one body linked to the other with tubes.

Matthew Crocker, consultant neurosurgeon at St George’s Hospital, London, said every section of the operation has a grounding in current science and practice – at least in theory.

“Excluding blood vessels that supply blood to the brain then restoring them with tubes is very well recognised”, he told Sky News.

“Lowering the temperature of the whole body head and brain to between 10 and 20 degrees, usually around 15 to 17 degrees, is a very well recognised technique used for complex neurosurgery or cardiovascular surgery in which there is an expectation that the brain will be starved of its blood and oxygen supply for a substantial period.”

Stage two sees the spinal cord cut with an extremely fine blade to minimise damage.

The donor head is then removed, placed on the recipient’s body, and the spinal cord fused back together again using polyethylene glycol, a compound used both in medicine and industrial manufacturing.

Mr Crocker said: “The idea of cutting the spinal cord sharply rather than bluntly has a little medical support. The only well recognised success with spinal cord injury surgery came from a man who had a stab injury rather than a blunt injury.”

Sky demonstrate how blood vessels will be swapped over during head transplant
Sky demonstrate how blood vessels will be swapped over during head transplant CREDIT:SKY

He added: “I’m sure any of this is really okay, and it requires a little more thought. At what point does one die, might be one for an ethicist to consider.

“But the heart is routinely stopped in open heart surgery, that’s no longer unusual.”

Stage three involves knitting together the survivor’s blood vessels and nerves, though Mr Crocker said he doubted whether the feat had ever been attempted on such a scale successfully before.

The body is then kept in a coma for several weeks to prevent movement and allow time for the spinal cord to glue itself back together.

“That is very speculative”, Mr Crocker said.

“The issue here is that someone with a functioning spinal cord is facing having that function completely removed.”

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  1. The first hands transplant victim wish he never had it ! He was better of without them. They just hung there . Oh kinda like people with bodies and no brain. I know let’s go vote for a president that that​has no say in anything anyway. Get distracted by FB BS .

  2. This will cause a world of new trends….people will just replace thier bodies instead of looking after what they have. And there is a million more issues and possible problems with this…to many to mention

    • Bro I look into this stuff alot people hear in the UK don’t even know they are born mindless sheep……….. Depressed without a clue what true misery is I don’t hate them or nothing I love our fellow man all of us women children color whatever but I do pitty ignorant people the whole world has gone to you my friend complete madness……100% respect to you..

    • Tks. The caos is everywhere. I live in a small city. With lots of farms but i research by myself. I learned english by my own will. Is not the best. But i undestand lots. We are part of the same slavery world of the elite bankers. Ahahhaha

    • I know right alien UFO that’s some twisted shiz that would feel amazing so close to the cross over and have the strength to hold his FUCKING HEAD UP am tingling all over that’s being a god you don’t get know more real than that imagine what strength that man is producing right there guy’s got heart what a man!!

    • I never got the saying as a kid money is the root of all evil………..William bro people hear in the uk are stupid ego driven idiots………there is exception within some but most are destracted on there lil wheel blinded by media and there lie’s never felt a lil bit of pain in there life not even I can compare to the life you guys live and appreciate I think money is just the beginning……..I believe the rabbit whole goes waaaaaay beyond….. Yet this is what money does to people such as our headless friend hear! Blooming hell even I think that video is abit strong and I’ve seen some pretty dark shiz…..

    • Wooow see worst you’ll get for stealing hear is a couple of month in jail for Robbin but shit!!! You wouldn’t catch me touching anything over there hope your well will!

    • This place. BRAZIL . Our laws are to protect bandits. Our politicians. They are corrupted by money. A lots of people are dying in hospitals without a bed. Medicins. A lots starving and a lots without water just dont understand. We are rich in biodiversity and poor in conciousness. Because the people are distracted by media comunication. And carnival. Football socker and tv series. Hollywood and mtv shit.

    • It really is pure dirt makes me wanna vomit bro what really gets to me is governments around the world claim terror………..terror they created I mean honestly am humble guy wish no one no harm but if someone hurt my family in the name of greed there’s nothing that world stop me bro I deal for you guys if there’s any thing I can do for you personally just drop me an inbox brother I can’t offer a lot but just I guy to talk to hear and there am hear anything else defo have to talk through inbox be safe William bro

    • Robbie Barrington Everitt I know you bin doing alil bit of research brother brazil………william brother I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with a few friends…..

  3. First thought what a load of Bob but………if in doubt Google that shiz……..so it seem’s the human race will live until the end of time……….if this is what we are thinking of today………explain’s a lot in my crazy head…………

  4. This will never work ! And now for the last 8 months we get mail and adds every month till december from this bullshit site ! Head and body will reject and he will die !

  5. They’ll have to connect the arteries and veins first to the new body before severing the spine. Now the problem is getting the nerves to grow together so he won’t be paralyzed.

    • Consciousness resides in the mind nowhere else…if it’s successful or even if he dies but the surgeons can figure out where they went wrong it’s still one step forward in medicine

    • yes monkeys, dogs and a few other species…so successful where the head transplants, one case a dog having a second head transplanted, that alot of test subjects where actually put down as they did not die as expected……and all that was over 30 years ago….so yes human head transplant, easy peasy 😉

  6. Can’t help but wonder if this is some more fake news , but if it works will it help to surgically remove some people’s heads out of their asses !!!

  7. He’s got a degenerative disease he’s in a wheel chair his disease will get worse he’s taking a risk but if he’s going to end up a vegetable it’s a risk he’s willing to try …

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