The world’s first head transplant surgery is going to happen on next year, at first, it sounds like a fiction, but this is happening in reality. This surgery is happening in December this year, first, a Russian volunteer (Valery Spiridonov) is accepted to take part in this surgery as a patient but now he declined to take part. Now, this surgery is happening with a new Chinese Volunteer. The date is not fixed for the surgery, but it is expected this surgery will happen in the first quarter of 2018.
This will become a headline last year when Dr. Sergio Canavero first announces to perform the first human head transplant of the world. From the announcement, the Italian neuroscientist hired a Chinese specialist, Dr. Xiaoping Ren, to help in the surgery.
The first patient who is going to take part in this operation is a Russian person named Valery Spiridonov suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease, a genetic disorder that breaks down muscles and kills nerve cells located in the brain and spinal cord thus making him unable to walk. Right now, he is in a wheelchair and move his chair by a joystick and only perform feeding himself.
This Russian guy is working with Dr. Canavero for approximately two years to get the operation, and now he is not going for this head transplant surgery because Doctors are not sure that he will be fine and can walk again after the operation. The operation is not providing any guarantee that he would live. He said in a statement that he is now going for an alternative spinal surgery to change the life.
“Given that I cannot rely on my Italian colleague, I have to take my health into my own hands. Luckily, there is quite a well-tested surgery for cases like mine when a steel implant is used to support a spine in straight position.”
“At present, nothing in detail. When the time comes, the official news will be announced by Xiaoping’s team in China. At the moment, I can only disclose that there has been massive progress in medical experiments that would have seemed impossible even as recently as a few months ago. The milestones that have been reached will undoubtedly revolutionize medicine. That much I can already say.” ~ Sergio Canavero.
In a recent publication, the doctor has claimed that he managed to cut and reconnect the spinal cords of 9 mice as a proof-of-concept for the experiment. The spinal cords were attached using a special solution named polyethylene glycol (PEG). He believes that this same solution can be used to reattach a severed human head onto another body.
“There are so-called experts who have no experience because they have never done this before. They say ‘no this will never happen. I work on it. We have the scientists, the experts, the teams in the U.S., South Korea and China working it and when we are ready to inform the public, we will do it.”