A NEUROSURGEON planning to carry out the first human head transplant has unveiled a virtual reality system that will “prepare patients for life in a new body”. Professor Sergio Canavero wants to carry out the operation next year and believes it could lead to people paralysed from the neck down being able to walk again.
This is the VR simulation system which could offer patients their first experience of a new body. The first human head transplant is due to take place next year. Watch the video below:
Above: Russian wheelchair user Valery Spiridonov has volunteered to take part in the first operation, which would see his head “frozen” to stop brain cells from dying and tubes connected to support key arteries and veins.
The spinal cord would then be cut, repaired and fused on to a donor body and the skin stitched back together.
If successful the process could still lead to “unexpected psychological reactions” from the patient as they get used to their new life, so a virtual reality world to prepare them for a different body is being developed.
Created by US firm Inventum Bioengineering Technologies, patients would take part in sessions for months before an operation.
Inventum chief executive Alexander Pavlovcik said: “In preparing the patient of Heaven (Head Anastomosis Venture) to transition into a new body, virtual reality training will be used before the surgical procedure to prevent the occurrence of unexpected psychological reactions.
“We are combining the latest advancements in virtual reality to develop the world’s first protocol for preparing the patient for bodily freedom after the transplantation procedure.”