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New Delhi: A 31-year-old Russian man named Valery Spiridonov has volunteered to offer his head for the world’s first Head Transplant. The Russian tech geek who runs an education software company is in a permanent vegetative state due to Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a genetic disorder that wastes muscles and motor neurons.

The surgeon who will be offered the head is a Chinese-origin man named Xiaoping Ren, 55, who performed the world’s first successful hand transplant by switching it for pigs forelegs. He will be accompanied by Sergio Canavero, a 51-year-old Italian neurosurgeon who compares himself to Dr. Frankenstein. Canavero had mentioned in 2013 that he wanted to perform a human head transplant.

If the world’s first head transplant is successfully carried out, it would be a revolutionizing phenomenon in scientific and medical history. But alongside, it would raise doubts regarding whether the person’s memory will be intact, when his responses to different senses would be attuned to the change or would assume the same taste of the previous individual. And the ultimate question, will it be Spiridonov who will be surviving or the body?

First Published | 30 August 2016 11:13 AM
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