Controversial Doctor Believes 2017 Will See The First Successful Human Head Transplant

Written by Natalie Bogdanski
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In late 2017, Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero will attempt to complete the world’s very first head transplant. This procedure involves surgically removing a patient’s head from their body and attaching it to a donor body.

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A Russian man with a chronic neuromuscular problem named Valery Spiridonov is likely to be considered as the recipient for the transplant. Spiridonov, who is wheelchair bound, suffers from a degenerative disease which is deemed to be terminal. If he proceeds with the operation, there is a 90% chance he will survive.

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The surgery will take up to 36 hours, with 150 doctors and nurses involved throughout the entire procedure. While performing the operation, doctors must ensure that they maintain the blood supply around the donor body as well as to the recipient's head to prevent a horrific stroke or death.

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Both the recipient and the donor will be cooled down to 17 degrees to increase the length of time that the blood supply is able to be interrupted. Once cooled, the body will be removed from the donor head. Following this, Spiridonov’s head will be surgically removed from his non-functioning body. Doctors will have 60 minutes to reattach the head once it is removed.

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The surgery will take up to 36 hours, with 150 doctors and nurses involved throughout the entire procedure. While performing the operation, doctors must ensure that they maintain the blood supply around the donor body as well as to the recipient's head to prevent a horrific stroke or death.

Both the recipient and the donor will be cooled down to 17 degrees to increase the length of time that the blood supply is able to be interrupted. Once cooled, the body will be removed from the donor head. Following this, Spiridonov’s head will be surgically removed from his non-functioning body. Doctors will have 60 minutes to reattach the head once it is removed.

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