World’s first head transplant planned for ailing man shocks the internet!
Although it might sound like a fiction movie plot, set sometime in the future, but it is shockingly true! Yes, Russian surgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero who is popularly known as Dr Frankenstein, claims to have the right technique to perform head transplant surgery and turn it into a successful operation, unlike any other performed until now. Valery Spiridonov, a 30 year-old computer scientist suffering from an acute genetic condition known as Werdnig-Hoffman muscle wasting disease has volunteered for this operation. The surgery involves cutting-off the volunteer’s head and attaching it to a donor’s body who is brain-dead!
As outrageous as it may seem, Valery is very confident about the success of his endeavor and claims that he has done enough research to finally practically implement the procedure on a human subject. On the other end, Valery who has been suffering from this lifelong disease which will eventually lead to his death, as his condition is worsening with every passing day, believes that he doesn’t have any choice but to go for this surgery and he has no fear.
Dr. Valery calls this unique procedure HEAVEN, which is condensation for Head Anastomosis Venture. Essentially, a method which defines the surgical connection of two body parts. Canavero briefs that this procedure will go on for 36-hours in one of the most advanced operating theatres in the world and cost £7.5 million. It is not clear when this will happen, but it is being strongly oppose by the medical community and might draw strong resistance from sensitive groups too. But the Russian doctor believes that he will be able to perform this surgery by sometime next year in 2016!
That being said, Dr. Valery is quite confident about carrying out the procedure and hints that the donor’s body will be attached to Valery’s head using a magic ingredient called polyethylene glycol which will connect the ends of spinal cord together. He further adds that the muscles and blood supply will be precisely stitched together and the patient will be put into a comma to stop the head from moving during healing phase. To make sure that the new body is not rejected, patient will be administered with immunosuppressant drugs.
This has to be one of the most viral moments in history if it happens in the coming years, although it is scary too.