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Valery Spiridinov is set to be the world's first head transplant recipient and the surgeon who is going to do it says he just completed a successful test run on a corpse.
Sergio Canavero is the surgeon behind claims that the first human head transplant was successfully performed on a human corpse. Next, Canavero is planning to do the controversial procedure to the first living patient, Spiridinov. The reason why the transplant on a human corpse is a breakthrough is the procedure showed that his newly developed techniques for re-connecting the spine, nerves and blood vessels to allow the two bodies to connect will work.
The operation also proved that the surgery could be done within the 18-hour target window the team has set for itself. Canavero described himself as having "realized the first human head transplant." Now his team will get to work preparing for Spiridinov's head transplant "imminently." Canavero first gained international attention with his claims to be able to successfully perform the first human head transplant and when he signed up his first patient, Spiridinov.
Canavero told a conference in Vienna, "The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage. And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent."
The surgeon didn't really provide any proof of his claim but said he would release it in the near future, "The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been realized. The paper will be released in a few days. Everyone said it was impossible. But the surgery was successful."
His team has claimed to have previously carried out the procedure on living rats and monkeys, and now on a human corpse. Scientists and the medical community have been following the surgery in horror, some even warning the patient may undergo something "a lot worse than death." For example, the patient would undergo horrific suffering as they become accustomed to their new body.
That is not to speak of any complications due to aspects of the human body that we may not understand, such as whether there are metaphysical layers to the body some might call a soul and which body's soul would Spiridinov have after the procedure?
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