Italian neurosurgeon appeals to billionaires to fund world's first human head transplant
Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is on the fundraising campaign for the world's first human head transplant.
"I have already spoken with Russian scientists and several Russian surgeons in Russia and they would be very interested and willing to pursue the first head transplant in parallel with China, of course, in Russia, which is the only way to save Valeri Spiridonov," said Canavero, from Turin, Italy.
Spiridonov, a 31-year-old Russian computer scientist, was born with the rare degenerative Werdnig-Hoffmann disease.
He volunteered to undergo the world's first full head transplant after Canavero announced he wanted to perform the surgery in 2015 to change medical history.
The controversial operation is expected to cost in the region of €10.3 million (NZ$17.1 million).
The Italian neurosurgeon appealed to "billionaires around the world" to help raise funds for Spiridonov's surgery.
"Today I am making an appeal to billionaires around the world. Mark Zuckerberg, he comes to mind since he has just been sponsoring live extension research and this is certainly a step towards live extension; one real step," Canavero said.
The Italian surgeon also announced that a team of surgeons in China had already started conducting the first cadaveric experiments and were "moving towards the first human head transplant".