The world’s first head transplant will be carried out on a Chinese patient

The world’s first head transplant, which was scheduled to take place in December 2017, has been delayed. As of now, there is no definitive date but it would likely take place within the first quarter of 2018.

The Russian volunteer Valery Spiridonov, who was announced to be the first patient to receive the surgery, has decided not to undergo the procedure. Spiridonov suffers from a muscle-wasting disease and has been working with Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero for about two years on getting the procedure done. He recently admitted that he “won’t undergo the procedure” because “the doctor couldn’t promise him what he so wished for: that he would walk again, be able to have a normal life, or that he would even survive the surgery.”

Russian volunteer Valery Spiridonov, who was announced to be the first patient to receive the surgery, has decided not to undergo the procedure. Credit: Valery Spiridonov/YouTube

Spiridonov told the Daily Mail “Given that I cannot rely on my Italian colleague, I have to take my health into my own hands. Luckily, there is quite a well-tested surgery for cases like mine when a steel implant is used to support a spine in straight position.” The Russian volunteer will now seek alternative spinal surgery to improve his life instead of undergoing an experimental procedure that has been criticized by several researchers among the scientific community.

Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero told OOOM that “the surgery will be carried out on a Chinese patient instead” He also announced that he will be working side by side with his colleague Dr. Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University on conducting the operation in Harbin, China. Despite being criticized by the scientific community for his methods, Dr. Canavero is still very optimistic that the outcomes of the surgery will be “positive“.

“At present, nothing in detail. When the time comes, the official news will be announced by Xiaoping’s team in China. At the moment, I can only disclose that there has been massive progress in medical experiments that would have seemed impossible even as recently as a few months ago. The milestones that have been reached will undoubtedly revolutionize medicine. That much I can already say.” ~ Sergio Canavero

Prof. Sergio Canavero with his Chinese colleague, Dr. Xiaoping Ren, who will lead the operation team on site during the world’s first head transplant procedure. Credit: OOOM

In one of his recent publications, Dr. Canavero claimed to have severed and reconnected the spinal cords of 9 mice as a proof-of-concept for the surgery. The spinal cords were reattached using a special solution or “glue” called polyethylene glycol (PEG). He believes the same material could help reattach severed human head to donated bodies.

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Dr. Canavero said he is determined to make it happen despite criticism from other scientists “There are so-called experts who have no experience because they have never done this before. They say ‘no this will never happen. I work on it. We have the scientists, the experts, the teams in the U.S., South Korea and China working it and when we are ready to inform the public, we will do it.”

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Gagandeep Singh
Gagandeep Singh
2 months 5 days ago

I would say keep the diagonal cut with spinal depth below Oblonta and the front above the Lyranx – This would allow the reduction of the most cumbersome part at the spinal connection to be accomplished with less effort. If you are able to make out the best incisional angle it is the task accomplished with best results and minimum efforts. Definitely Oblongta should be kept integral with the head. Hypothalamus-Endocrine-Thyroid from that of the Head Assembly. I would spend most time figuring the incision cut trajectory. My Best to the Doctors✌️

New headman
New headman
2 months 4 days ago

That was just exactly what I was thinking!!! Wow. How cool is that..

Jackie
Jackie
2 months 2 days ago
I’ve exhausted every avenue trying to find help for my 31 year son bedbound 14 months out of 18 with torturous PAIN from an SCI at C6. (Asia Grade A complete). No CONSULTANT has been able to figure out a resolve for his symptoms/ sensations or what has caused his sudden deterioration. I’m witnessing sensations on a daily basis that send your emotions in ORBIT, whilst he is being TORTURED with INDESCRIBABLE PAIN. How is it you consider a head transplant to work – will this patient be PAIN FREE? Spinal cord injuries and paralysed patients need your expertise, surely this would seem less complex than head transplant to you guys being geniuses. I would be gravely concerned about the psychological issue and pain, both a huge factor when considering a success and not just about the physical functioning of this patient going forward for this surgery.
Jegede Oluyomi
Jegede Oluyomi
2 months 5 days ago

Am optimistic sometime in the future this will be a possibility. More experiments has to be carried out using larger animals too.

Lori Marino
Lori Marino
2 months 5 days ago

So why don’t we use family members of Dr. Canavero as the “larger animals”?

Viperus
Viperus
2 months 4 days ago

Because 1 human is more worth than a 100 mice.

You complain about the killing of animals, but it’s not without reason. Would you rather have your friends and family die while taking medicine or a 1000 mice and 10 monkeys?

Leslie
Leslie
1 month 29 days ago

Mice and monkey’s are not human beings as evolution teaches,nor is there any kinship to them.

Wendy
Wendy
2 months 5 days ago

Anything is possible…

Gagandeep Singh
Gagandeep Singh
2 months 5 days ago

Also the Glue Composition needs to match the ionic levels conducive to human requirement and not that of mice. Make sure the this stitch would make all the difference in the signals from the Head down and the Body up.

Merakli
Merakli
2 months 4 days ago

There is almost not an exact solution for hairloss (andorgenetic alopecia), how could he transplant a head? I do not believe that…

The Squire
The Squire
2 months 4 days ago

This is gong a bit too quickly for my taste. We need more studies on mice and animals (not just for the spinal cord “glue” but for the idea of keeping the head alive while transplanted to another body – only one real study afaik exists) before we are ready.

Gagandeep Singh
Gagandeep Singh
2 months 5 days ago

One important task is to bring the head subject into the alpha state before putting to freeze. This would be the most pertinent thing to accomplish. The subject’s brain pattern has to be matched to the optimum holographic image as per the alpha wave neural pattern. Therefore, when the subject regains conscious he should not face much of an effort to attain normalcy.

Guest
Guest
2 months 4 days ago

It’s consciousness singh, consciousness……

George
George
2 months 4 days ago

Transparency is key if not to be characterised as a charlatan

Amanda
Amanda
2 months 4 days ago

The animal in the picture is a rat, not a mouse…

rodger
2 months 4 days ago
I discussed this with my college students in psychology during the neuro-psych unit. If a person’s body is dying, the transplant would allow the patient to live out a normal lifespan, but not a normal life. The new body would keep the brain alive and , if severed at a low level, the patient would still be able to speak. Moving, not yet! The patient would be stuck in a wheel chair, but alive! Neurons do not heal once they are damaged. There is research with nanotube technology that indicates nanotubes may be able to help heal neurons (in a petri dish), but not in a living creature – not yet. If I were 30 years old and my body was dying, but my brain was intact, I would consider living another 50 years in a wheel chair, rather than die at 31. The new body will supply the blood,… Read more »
Deb
Deb
2 months 3 days ago

You were the first person to explain this in a way I could personally conceptualize the procedure. Thank you.

Craig
2 months 3 days ago

Some will go all the way just to get a little head…

john
john
2 months 3 days ago

“In one of his recent publications, Dr. Canavero claimed to have served and reconnected the spinal cords of 9 mice as a proof-of-concept for the surgery. “..It think you mean “severed” here

Claudia
Claudia
2 months 3 days ago

And what happen with the DNA. The programation of the body with his brain. The tipe of body, race and thousands of others variabilitys in their structure.
¿That doesn’t matter?

peter hall
peter hall
2 months 3 days ago

Perhaps a better direction to follow to help people who need thi kind of intervention, would be to seek a way of downloading the brain into a machine .

Chris
Chris
2 months 2 days ago

For me the question is will “Silver Cord” an ethnic Cord that connects individual to his body, remain intact?

brainless
brainless
2 months 3 days ago

already been done with monkeys years ago..

Lori Marino
Lori Marino
2 months 5 days ago

Unethical cowboy science.

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