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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – An Italian surgeon claims he is ready to perform the first full human head transplant in 2017 and he already has a volunteer.
Dr. Sergio Canavero says his team have the ability to perform the complicated procedure thanks to technological advances. But experts have debunked his claims and insist that the operation is still many years from reality.
Russian-born Valery Sprinidov, who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann disease that causes atrophy of the muscles, has reportedly agreed to be the first patient to undergo the procedure.
Dr. Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, insists the transplant is possible due to new technology that allows the body to be cooled during surgery.
Dr. Ren Xiaoping, a surgeon who is supposedly involved in the procedure, has been testing head transplants in mice but they have not survived more than a day, reports ABC News.
“A lot of media have been saying we will definitely attempt the surgery by 2017, but that’s only if every step before that proceeds smoothly,” Ren told AFP.