GRAPHIC: Surgeon preparing for human head transplant performs operation on monkey
A surgeon who is planning to transplant a human head onto another body has successfully performed the operation on a monkey.
Sergio Canavero, working with scientists in China and South Korea, says he has moved closer to his goal.
“I would say we have plenty of data to go on,” says Canavero.
“It’s important that people stop thinking this is impossible. This is absolutely possible and we’re working towards it.”
Canavero said, ‘The monkey fully survived the procedure without any neurological injury of whatever kind.’
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He is seeking funding to offer a head transplant to 31-year-old Russian Valery Spriridonov.
Spiridonov told MailOnline he is ready to put his trust in a controversial surgeon who claims he can severe his head and attach it to a healthy body.
The 30-year-old computer scientist told the publication his decision was final and that he'll not be changing his mind before the controversial procedure.
Russia Today spoke to Spiridonov
Spiridonov is a lifelong sufferer of a rare genetic disorder called Werdnig-Hoffman disease, and says he wants the chance of a new body before he dies.
Canavero, says all the necessary techniques already exist to transplant a head onto a donor body.
The body donor will be somebody contributed by somebody who is brain dead but otherwise healthy.
The procedure is infinitely complex and dangerous but Canavero is confident it will be a success.
Both donor and patient would have their head severed from their spinal cord at the same time, using an ultra-sharp blade to give a clean cut, the Daily Mail says.
The patient's head would then be placed onto the donor's body and attached using what Canavero calls his 'magic ingredient' - a glue-like substance called polyethylene glycol - to fuse the two ends of the spinal cord together.
The muscles and blood supply would be stitched up, before the patient is put into a coma for four weeks to stop them from moving while the head and body heal together.
When they wake the patient should be able to move, feel their face and even speak with the same voice. Powerful immunosuppressant drugs should stop the new body from being rejected.
Speaking to the Mail, the subject said he was afraid but intrigued by the possibility of having a body.
“Am I afraid? Yes, of course I am. But you have to understand that I don't really have many choices.
“If I don't try this chance my fate will be very sad. With every year my state is getting worse.
"I can hardly control my body now. I need help every day, every minute. I am now 30 years old, although people rarely live to more than 20 with this disease.
He continued: "My muscles stopped any development in childhood. Because of this, they do not grow and the skeleton gets deformed. The back muscles cannot support the skeleton.
"If you want something to be done, you need to participate in it.I do understand the risks of such surgery. They are multiple. We can't even imagine what exactly can go wrong. I'm afraid that I wouldn't live long enough to see it happen to someone else."
The 36-hour procedure will cost around €9m and can only be performed in the one of the world's most advanced operating theatres.
Canavero hopes the operation can be performed as early as 2016 and says he has a long list of people seeking the procedure.