How Exchangeable Are Our Body Parts?

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Valery Spiridonov, a 30 year old Russian man, will be the first subject of a human head transplant.  He will volunteer to have his head removed from his body so that a 36 hour procedure, involving 150 doctors and nurses, will have his head transplanted onto another body.  Spiridonov suffers from a rare disease called the Werdnig-Hoffman disease which wastes away the muscles until death.

This fascinating undertaking is headed by Italian surgeon, Dr. Sergio Canavero.  He has a “magical” way to fuse the spinal cord and will explain it to the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons.

The surgery is scheduled to take place in 2017.

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Andrew Bliss is an award winning film maker and photographer with experience in writing, directing, producing, editing, and visual effects. He has lived all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy. He is a first generation Indonesian and a second generation Fin. He has over six years experience as a US Navy broadcast journalist. While in the Navy, he graduated top of his class, won several awards for his work in Europe and Africa, managed Marines at Combat Camera at the Pentagon, and produced a feature film. The film was produced in Italy while on active duty.Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor.After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.