Valery Spiridonov ready to take someone else's body.
At the end of 2014, Dr. Sergio Canavero took the TedX stage in Limassol to inform the world that head transplants would soon be possible, and that he could be the first man to do it.
Thrilled at the idea of sticking his head on a better body, 30-year-old terminal patient Valery Spiridonov, born with Werdnig-Hoffman muscle wasting disease, told the Daily Mail that he wanted to be the first to receive the treatment.
"Am I afraid? Yes, of course I am," Russian Spiridonov told the Daily Mail. "But it is not just very scary, but also very interesting. Science is developed by those who are ready to take risks and devote themselves to it."
Head transplantation has been done before—once—in the '70s and to monkeys by Dr. White, a man who kept up with his research in hopes of performing the operation on Stephen Hawking and Christopher Reaves. The monkeys were paralyzed from the neck down and could not breathe on their own because their spinal cords were not fused together, however they retained their senses of sight, hearing, taste, and touch. The monkeys died nine days after surgery. Now crazy Canavero is picking up where White left off, only this time with his "magical ingredient," polyehtylene glycol, that he will use to fuse the spinal cords. Also, he is insisting that his first patients should suffer from a muscle wasting disease, which would make Spiridonov the perfect candidate.
Dr. Canavero (not Mike from Breaking Bad) discussing head swapping at TEDx Limassol
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