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A man with a fatal medical condition has spoken exclusively to MailOnline about how he is set to become the first person to undergo a head transplant and hopes it could be as soon as next year.
Valery Spiridonov says he is ready to put his trust in controversial surgeon Dr Sergio Canavero who claims he can cut off his head and attach it to a healthy body.
Mr Spiridonov, 30, a computer scientist from Russia, said: 'My decision is final and I do not plan to change my mind.'
As a lifelong sufferer of the rare genetic Werdnig-Hoffman muscle wasting disease, he says he wants the chance of a new body before he dies.
Dr Canavero and Mr Spiridonov have talked via Skype though they have not met yet and the doctor has not reviewed his medical records.
The Italian told CNN he has received many email and letters from people seeking the procedure but he insists the first patients will be people suffering from a muscle wasting disease.
History: In 1970 Dr Robert White transplanted the head of one monkey onto the body of another, as shown in this diagram. If Mr Spiridonov's head were to be successfully transplanted his jugular vein and spinal cords would have to be similarly fused with those of his new donor body.
originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: Anyafaj
The debate now is. Nerve tissue does not regenerate. But over the years. Better scopes allow doctors to attach the nerves. (( IN LIMBS)). And even then it's not 100%. Pt's don't get full feeling back. Motor function is not great. We're talking re-attaching the brain stem. The autonomic system. The heart and lungs will fail I feel. Then the very high risk of the body rejecting something foreign. Yes there are meds to counter act this. But wow. Brave.
I hope the doctor reads up on the pt's hx ( history too )
I know its been tested on animals. Russian scientist did this to dogs too. It's really barbaric. But if I was dying anyway. Or lacked severe quality of life. I might consider too.
I don't want to touch this.
Soo? Who's the lucky prisoner going to be who donates his/her body ? Never seen a body donation drivers license .. just the organ.