13:12 28 November 2016
Dr Sergio Canavero, the neurosurgeon who plans to perform the world’s first human head transplant, revealed that the operation can take place next year in the United Kingdom. He hopes that the operation could help people who are paralysed from the neck down to be able to walk again.
Dr Canavero chose the UK due to the huge amount of support that he has received from people in the country and due to the recent unveiling of the virtual reality system that will ‘prepare patients for life in a new body.’
Speaking at the event in Glasgow, Professor Sergio Canavero said: 'so many countries are willing to follow me outside of Europe or the US.
'I'm now trying to bring this to the west and I will try my best to make this happen here in the UK.
'It is time for you here in Britain to start discussing all the ethical implications and if you are willing to see this happen here,' he added, 'because if the UK says no then it will be somewhere else.'
Russian wheelchair user Valery Spiridonov has volunteered to take part in the first operation, which will entail freezing his head in order to stop brain cells from dying, cutting his spinal cord, and fusing his head to a donor body.
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