This is Valery Spiridonov.
He has volunteered to be the worlds first human head transplant.
As in, his head will be removed from his body… and transplanted unto another body.
While scientifically amazing, this is a crazy milestone of medicine if they succeed.
In this instance, the morality isn’t that questionable as Mr. Spiridonov is volunteering because he is a Werdnig-Hoffman disease sufferer with rapidly declining health.
The surgery is predicted to take 150 doctors and 36 hours. Risks extend beyond the concern of the body rejecting the head. Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero outlined the transplant technique he intends to follow in the journal Surgical Neurology International.
Some have raised objections citing concerns that go beyond the medical.
“I would not wish this on anyone,” said Dr Hunt Batjer, president elect of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons. “I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death.”
There’s no telling what the transplant – and all the new connections and foreign chemicals that his head and brain will have to suddenly deal with – will do to Spiridonov’s psyche, it “could result in a hitherto never experienced level and quality of insanity”.
Am I the only one that immediately starts thinking the rich, who run their bodies into the ground with a life of excess, could just ‘harvest’ themselves a new replacement? I think I saw that movie last week on Netflix…
Here is some smart people talking science…
But there are practical applications that immediately spring to mind…