‘We are making science’ says man as his doctor reveals plans for head transplant

The man who is preparing to have the world’s first head transplant has claimed the prospect does not worry him, and that “we are making science.”

Valery Spiridonov met the doctor who plans on transplanting his head for the first time on Friday at the meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero wants to transplant Russian Spiridonov’s head onto a different body by 2017 and said he believes his patient will have a 90 per cent chance of survival.

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  • Brett_McS

    It’s really a body transplant; he’s not getting a new head.

    I’d put the chance of survival at more like 10% … just a gut feeling.

    • Petey

      That’s my guess too. If this becomes more common, in say 15, 25 years, perhaps the 90% will be accurate. I also really have doubts about him not being paralysed afterward: fiddling around with reattaching nerves in the spinal cord – doesn’t get much more complicated than that, I imagine.

  • Waffle

    If the transplant is successful will the big head know what the little head is doing? Does it ever?

  • pettifog

    Didn’t Spock get one of those in a Star Trek episode?

  • Clink9

    The good doctor should volunteer first.

  • UCSPanther

    Something tells me that they will learn that the nervous system is way more complicated than they anticipated…

  • Alain

    Putting aside the question of survival, now a person can choose a different sex, colour and physical attributes. That must truly appeal to all the trans crowd.

  • davebrik

    Duh……….I’d get a Second Opinion on that one……….. sheeeeeitt!!!!