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05-01-2016, 11:07 PM

Don't lose your head: Doctor ready to perform first human head transplant
Lulu Chang,Digital Trends Sat, Apr 30 6:07 PM PDT

Lost your mind? You can get a new one. Literally. Actually, you can get more than a new mind — a doctor is now preparing to prepare the very first ever whole head transplant. No, DT hasn’t turned into a science fiction publication — this is the latest in scientific advancement.

It’s a plan that Italian neurhttps://www.yahoo.com/tech/could-2017-first-head-transplant-010722047.htmlosurgeon Sergio Canavero has been concocting for years, first introducing the notion to the public in 2013. The two-part procedure is composed of HEAVEN (head anastomosis venture) and Gemini (the subsequent spinal cord fusion), and was initially outlined in a paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Surgical Neurology International. Canavero presented at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons’s 39th annual conference last year, where his speech about the ambitious procedure served as the keynote.

The whole process involves 36 hours, 150 people (doctors, nurses, technicians, psychologists, and virtual reality engineers), and around $20 million. Valery Spiridonov, a 31-year-old Russian program manager suffering from the rare muscular atrophy disorder Werdnig-Hoffman disease, has already signed on to become the first patient.

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So how will it work?

Find out - at link above.