Russian man volunteers to become first head transplant victim, against everyone’s wishes

Christopher Hooton, for The independent:

Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Centre, who described Dr Canavero as “nuts”, believes that the bodies of head transplant patients “would end up being overwhelmed with different pathways and chemistry than they are used to and they’d go crazy.”

Or just crazy enough to work!

Wait, no, that didn’t make any sense. Sorry, there’s no way that this doesn’t sound doomed.

Then again, the subject, Valery Spiridonov, already suffers from the most severe type of spinal muscular atrophy. It’s amazing he’s even lived to be 30, given that “affected children never sit or stand and usually die before the age of 2 years.”


“Am I afraid? Yes, of course I am. But it is not just very scary, but also very interesting. 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’ll be watching, whether or not I want to.