Next to that, he made an announcement that the procedure is scheduled on December of this year! In relation to that, he has recruited a head surgeon (pun intended) to lead the contentious procedure. Though this operation may sound like of a horror movie, there’s a man who keeps his hope that this will improve his quality of life.
Valery Spiridonov, a 30-year-old Russian man, volunteered himself for the procedure hoping to have a more normal life. This computer scientist is suffering from a rare motor neuron disease called Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease. This disease is causing the motor neurons – the nerve cells that send signals from central nervous system to the muscles – to deteriorate, leading to muscle atrophy and in severe cases, difficulty in swallowing and breathing. There is currently no available treatment for this disease.
Spiridonov told the Central European News (CEN), “When I realized that I could participate in something really big and important, I had no doubt left in my mind and started to work in this direction. The only thing I feel is the sense of pleasant impatience, like I have been preparing for something important all my life and it is starting to happen”
Like any other surgery, this procedure has a lot of risks and uncertainties. Even though the advances in medicine reduces the risk of rejection, this surgery has no guaranteed success yet since no doctor has ever successfully reconnected a spinal cord. Despite of being aware of the risks, Spiridonov is determined to undergo the procedure.
A lot of medical professionals do not embrace this procedure and describe it as impossible. However, surviving this intricate and complicated surgery is an anchoring hope for people who are severely disabled. Like for Spiridoniv, it feels like it is worth the risk.
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