The Guy Getting The World’s First Head Transplant Could Suffer ‘A Fate Worse Than Death’

Sup Travellers?! I've heard about heart transplants, kidney transplants and even lung transplants but I have never heard of someone undergoing a head transplant until today.

Valery Spiridonov, 30, of Russia suffers from a rare disease called Werdnig-Hoffman Disease, which is a severe form of spinal muscular atrophy. As such, he has volunteered for the first human head transplant to be conducted by Italian neuroscientist Sergio Canavero, and have his head surgically removed and put onto another body. The procedure will reportedly take 36 hours and require the assistance of 150 doctors and nurses.

Sound super easy! Right? NOT SO MUCH, according to Science Alert:

“A Werdnig-Hoffman disease sufferer with rapidly declining health, Spiridonov is willing to take a punt on this very experimental surgery and you can’t really blame him, but while he is prepared for the possibility that the body will reject his head and he will die, his fate could be considerably worse than death,” says Hootan.

“I would not wish this on anyone,” said Dr Hunt Batjer, president elect of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons. “I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death.”

From speaking to several medical experts, Hootan has pin-pointed a problem that even the most perfectly performed head transplant procedure cannot mitigate – we have literally no idea what this will do to Spiridonov’s mind. There’s no telling what the transplant – and all the new connections and foreign chemicals that his head and brain will have to suddenly deal with – will do to Spiridonov’s psyche, but as Hootan puts it rather chillingly, it “could result in a hitherto never experienced level and quality of insanity.”

A head transplant sounds like a good idea on paper but probably not a good one in practice. In every movie that I've watched, removing a head from a body and implanting it on to something else never ended well. Right now I'm thinking of a human head connected to a giant robot, causing chaos, bent on wiping out human life. That's probably not going to happen but the thought is still there and it's scary as hell. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.