All of this may sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but there is one man who is hoping that this operation will improve the quality of his life.
A 30-year-old man from Russia, called Valery Spiridonov, is the first volunteer for the operation in the hope of living a normal life. Mr. Spiridonov is a computer scientist who suffers from very rare motor neuron disorder, better known as Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease. This disorder causes motor neurons to fail. This leads to muscular atrophy and in some cases, difficulty breathing and swallowing. At this time, there is no treatment for this condition.
ust like with any other surgery, this procedure has great risk and uncertainty. Will the head reject this new body? Will the professionals be able to reconnect Mr. Spiridonov’s spinal cord?
While the advance medicine treatments reduce the risk of rejection, this surgery is not a sure success as no expert has ever successfully reconnected a spinal cord. Valery Spiridonov is well aware of all the risks and is strongly determined to take a chance on Dr. Sergio Canavero and go through with the surgery. He told Mail Online:
“Has conducted many serious operations and he is a very experienced neurosurgeon. Unquestionably, he has never done something like this and we have to think carefully through all the possible risks. But if you want something to be done, you need to participate in it.”