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Sat, 15 Dec 2018

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World’s First Head Transplant

World’s First Head Transplant
April 10
17:40 2015

A Russian computer scientist, suffering from a fatal disease, is set to become the first ever human to undergo a full head transplant.

The Daily Mail reports Valery Spiridonov is prepared to put his life in the hands of controversial surgeon Dr. 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 said the 36-hour operation could take place as early as 2016 and is estimated to cost £7.5 million.

The new body will come from a brain dead donor. Both donor and patient will have their heads severed from the spinal cord and the patient’s head will be placed on the donor’s body with a glue-like substance to fuse the two ends together.

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