Saturday, September 19, 2015

World's First Head Transplant?

Published September 10,

Valery Spiridonov who has put himself forward to have the world's first head transplant is going to meet the surgeon. (CEN)
A man set to become the world’s first head transplant patient has scheduled the procedure for December 2017.
Valery Spiridonov, 30, was diagnosed with a genetic muscle-wasting condition called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, and volunteered for the procedure despite the risks involved, Central European News (CEN) reported.
“When I realized that I could participate in something really big and important, I had no doubt left in my mind and started to work in this direction,” Spiridonov, a Russian computer scientist, told CEN. “The only thing I feel is the sense of pleasant impatience, like I have been preparing for something important all my life and it is starting to happen.”
Dr. Sergio Canavero, an Italian neurosurgeon, will perform the procedure on Spiridonov. The procedure is expected to last up to 36 hours, and it will require Spiridonov’s head be cooled as well as the donor’s body to extend the period during which the cells can survive without oxygen, CEN reported.

I had no idea this was even a thing. It brings up some interesting questions...

What are they going to do with his old head? Can I have it?

Will he have the old person's memories?

Why does the other person no longer need their head?

What if they wire him up backwards and he turns right when he means to go left?

Is he getting ahead in life?

Will the surgeon say.. "It's alive... IT'S ALIVE!!!!"?

Abby Normal.

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