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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It has become known, where, when and how will the first head transplant

The first ever head transplant is scheduled for late 2017, and it will be held in Germany. This is reported by media with reference to the Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, who tries to give a new body to a programmer from Russia Valery Spiridonov.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Sergio Canavero approached Germany with a request to conduct on the territory of this country the first of its kind operation, during which head Valery Spiridonov plan to replant a dead body of a man. However, no specific hospital in which the transplant is unique, no exact date specialists is not yet known. The surgeon reported that his project was called “Heaven.” It is expected that the operation will last up to 36 hours.

Recently in a special issue of the journal professional medical Surgery appeared, he published a series of articles, authored by Sergio Canavero and his Chinese counterpart Shen Xiaoping. Scientific studies have described the Protocol of transplantation of the head and also talked about how being prepared for the experiment. According to scientists, these publications will help ensure that all stages of the experiment fully developed. In published works, in particular, reported that in order to minimize the danger to the brain due to a lack of oxygen and nutrients on the head will be the time of the experiment is connected to the circulatory system of another person and chilled to a temperature of 29-33 degrees.

Valery Spiridonov who volunteers to go on a unique operation. suffering spinal amyotrophy of Werding–Hoffmann causing atrophy of muscles and deformation of the skeleton. Because of this disease he is confined to a wheelchair. The programmer believes that the experiment is successful, and said earlier that comparing it to the first manned flight to the moon.

At the same time, the opinion of a large number of professionals worldwide on the transplantation of the head ranges from wary to completely skeptical: many believe that today, for such a complex and daring operation sufficient scientific basis has not yet been established. However, a number of scholars, first and foremost himself Sergio Canavero, believe that the experiment has a chance of success.

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