An Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero, announced last year that he is ready to perform the most complex (and controversial) surgery we've seen so far - a human head transplant. That decision provoked very different opinions, both in scientific circles and among regular citizens. There are many obstacles, from technical and scientific to ethical and the majority believes it has no chance of being successful. But let's think for a moment about what can happen if it works.
Encouraged by successful head transplant on a monkey, performed by Chinese scientists, Sergio Canavero believes that he is ready to take those methods a step further.
Eternal Life and Eternal Glory
It seems that Dr. Canavero is not driven only by purely scientific impulses and the question of eternal life but his wish for his own eternal glory. If the operation succeeds, he will see himself among the greatest - like the Russian and American cosmonauts, the first people to fly and land in space.
Canavero has been compared to Dr. Frankenstein, his goal tends to change everything we know (or don't know) about human life. He claims: "The world will never be the same again."
Who Is the Volunteer?
Valery Spiridonov is a 31-year-old Russian man who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a muscle atrophy. He is also a computer engineer and doesn't consider the surgery more unethical than a kidney surgery because, at some moment in history, the kidney surgery was observed the same way.