Two things will happen in 2017; one is that I’ll turn 25, and the other is the world’s first human head transplant.
And both freak me out.
However, turning 25 still makes sense to me but the latter one really puts a halt on my senses and sounds unbelievable.
But believe me or not, we all are going to see this happen.
Among many scientists who think the idea is crazy and won’t work, stands an Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, who will confidently execute the first head transplant in late 2017.
To my surprise, he has found a volunteer, who is a 31-years old Russian software development manager names Valery Spiridonov, suffers from a Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy.
The operation is expected to be 36 hours long and includes almost 150 doctors and nurses and the procedure includes cutting, cooling and attachment of the donor’s head to recipient’s body.
After the surgery, the Valery will be kept in medically-induced coma for 6 weeks while doctors stimulate his spinal cord nerves to reconnect and start functioning.
In an interview, Valery said: “If you want something to be done, you need to participate in it. I do understand the risks. There are many.”
“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.”
Now two things can be expected, either the Valery will be born again with a new functioning body or as most of the surgeons believed, that Valery will go insane or die.
Whereas, the success of this transplant will be a remarkable invention in the field of science and a hope of life for paralysis sufferers as well as those missing limbs however, the procedure is dubious and risky.
Soon come the 2017 and we all see, if science is once again a step ahead.