The world’s first human head transplant has been scheduled for December 2017.
Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman’s, a muscle wasting disease which has left him in a wheelchair, has volunteered for the ground-breaking procedure.
It will performed in China by Italian neuroscientist Sergio Canavero and Xiao-Ping Ren, who has carried out 1,000 head transplants on mice.
The surgery is expected to take at least 36 hours and requires the patient’s head and donor body to be cooled down to between 12C and 15C so cells survive longer without oxygen.
The tissue around the patient’s neck and spinal cord is then cut and then fused on to the donor body.
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