Meet Valery Spiridonov, a computer scientist from Russia. He will become the world’s first head transplant patient sometime next year. Spiridonov suffers from a disease that deteriorates his muscles and has made his body almost worthless. The operation, if successful will place his head on a donor body. That body will be provided by someone who is clinically dead, with permission of the one responsible for their care.
Imagine. If successful, we could mount working heads on the bodies of Maxine Waters, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Josh Earnest, Rep hank Johnson, Joe Biden, Barbara Streisand and maybe even Eva Longoria. What a marvel that would be.
Dr Sergio Canavero, an Italian surgeon is slated to perform the operation, for which no date or location for the surgery has been decided. The operation is expected to be performed in December of 2017. The media have started calling the surgeon, Dr Frankenstein. Spiridonov stated that Canavero will reveal details of the operation sometime next month.
Dr Canavero has named the procedure HEAVEN, which is an acronym for head anastomosis venture. Anastomosis involves the surgical connecting of two parts.
The cost of the 36-hour operation, which could only be performed in one of the world’s most advanced operating theatres, has been estimated to cost £14 million.
And he insists all of the necessary techniques to transplant a head onto a donor body already exist.
Both donor and patient would have their head severed from their spinal cord at the same time, using an ultra-sharp blade to give a clean cut.
The patient’s head would then be placed onto the 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.