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Russia: Meet HEAD TRANSPLANT volunteer Valeri Spiridonov01:20

Russia: Meet HEAD TRANSPLANT volunteer Valeri Spiridonov

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 9, 2015 at 18:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian computer scientist Valeri Spiridonov is set to undergo the world's first full head transplant, with the 30-year-old expressing hope of "success" in a pioneering operation he has deemed similar in importance to space travel while speaking in Moscow, Thursday.

Spiridonov, who was born with the degenerative Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, is to go under the knife with Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero. Canavero is Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group and the operation is expected to cost in the region of $11 million (€10.3 million).

The procedure is proving extremely controversial, with many in the medical community doubting the operation's chances of success. Canavero however believes pioneering techniques mean he will be able to connect the spinal cord of the donor and the recipient. Spiridonov could undergo the operation as early as 2016.

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Russian computer scientist Valeri Spiridonov is set to undergo the world's first full head transplant, with the 30-year-old expressing hope of "success" in a pioneering operation he has deemed similar in importance to space travel while speaking in Moscow, Thursday.

Spiridonov, who was born with the degenerative Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, is to go under the knife with Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero. Canavero is Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group and the operation is expected to cost in the region of $11 million (€10.3 million).

The procedure is proving extremely controversial, with many in the medical community doubting the operation's chances of success. Canavero however believes pioneering techniques mean he will be able to connect the spinal cord of the donor and the recipient. Spiridonov could undergo the operation as early as 2016.

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