( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Volunteers For First Ever Head Transplant:
The Daily Mail reports Valery Spiridonov is prepared to put his life in the hands of controversial surgeon Sergio Canavero who says he can successful perform the world-first operation.
Spiridonov, who suffers from a terminal muscle wasting disease, told Mail Online he was scared but the operation could offer him an opportunity to live while his genetic condition will kill him.
“Am I afraid? Yes, of course I am,” he said.
“But it is not just very scary but also very interesting … you have to understand that I don’t really have many choices.
“I am now 30 years old, although people rarely live to more than 20 with this disease.”
Dr Canavero made headlines earlier this year when he claimed the first human head transplant would be possible within the next two years.
He says it is possible to severe the heads of a living patient and a brain dead patient, with an otherwise healthy body, and re-attach the spinal chords using a substance called polyethylene glycol.
Dr Canavero and Mr Spiridonov have not yet met, however, the prospective patient says he is committed to following through with the operation.
Claims of imminent head transplant surgery have been met with a range of reaction, ranging from skepticism to outright horror among members of the medical and ethical communities.
However, Dr Canavero has said in the past that medicine is now technically ready for such an operation to be successful – the only hurdles remain in the ethics of the operation,
“However, it is equally clear that horrible conditions without a hint of hope of improvement cannot be relegated to the dark corner of medicine,” he wrote.
Of course, the other major hurdle both doctor and patient face is the expected cost of the operation, which could easily stretch beyond $10 million.
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