World’s first human head transplant taking place in the UK
28 March 2017
In December 2017, Dr. Sergio Canavero will perform the world’s first human head transplant on Valery Spiridonov, who is terminally ill with muscular atrophy.
According to a video by Hashem AL-ghaili, the operation will involve cooling Spiridonov’s head to around -15°C and reconnecting it to the donated body of a brain-dead person. The spinal cord nerves from Spiridonov’s head and the donor’s body are then fused together using polyethylene glycol.
The Chive reports that a special knife has been designed to help Canavero cut the spinal cord. The knife will be able to control cuts to one millionth of a metre.
The operation will be costing millions of dollars and require a huge team of doctors and nurses from around the world. There is no guarantee it will be successful and scientific experts have claimed that the process could lead to “undiscovered levels of insanity”.
Sky News video: Matthew Crocker, a consultant neurosurgeon at St George's Hospital, London, explains exactly what's involved in a planned head transplant that would be the first ever carried out.