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Russian man set for world’s first head transplant





Valery Spiridonov from Russia has announced his intention to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, so that his brain can be attached to a healthy body. Italian neurosurgeon Professor Sergio Canavero will carry out the operation

Spiridonov suffers from Werdnig Hoffman disease, a rare neuromuscular disorder characterised by loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting, often leading to early death. The disease seriously diminishes his physical capabilities and left him dependent on a wheelchair.

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Dr Canavero claims he can complete the unprecedented procedure in less than a day with “90 per cent” guaranteed to succeed, though he admitted: “Of course there is a marginal risk. I cannot deny that.”

Other doctors have expressed serious doubts, and, in particular, the likelihood that Mr Spiridinov’s brain will still be functional by the time the surgery is complete.

Read the full story at The Guardian





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