Computer scientist set to become first person to have a head transplant

By Drum Digital
09 April 2015

A disabled man with a fatal muscle-wasting disease is set to become the first person to have a head transplant.

Computer scientist Valery Spiridonov (30) hopes the 36-hour operation can be carried out next year.

He is currently trying to secure funding for the historic procedure.

Valery Spiridonov,   transplant   (1)

Valery, from Vladimir, near Moscow said: “My decision is final and I do not plan to change my mind.

Am I afraid? Yes of course I am. But it is not just very scary, but also very interesting.”

Controversial Italian surgeon Dr Sergio Canavero claims he can cut off the Russian’s head and attach it to a healthy donor body.

Dr Canavero is expected to announce his plans for a head transplant later this year.

The procedure would involve fusing the spinal cords with glue.

Once it’s all stitched up, the patient would be put in a coma for four weeks to stop their head falling off.

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