Heads Up! The First Head Transplant
Dr Canavero travels to America to pitch for a licence to perform the world's first human head transplant. Can he convince US neurosurgeons to help him with his desperate patient?
Dr Sergio Canavero has a dream. He wants to perform the world's first human head transplant on severely disabled Valery Spiridonov by 2017. But he can't realise his dream to do this in the United States without a medical license.
Presenter James Peak follows Dr Canavero to Annapolis, Maryland as he pitches his complex medical procedure to a conference of neurosurgeons.
Is Dr Canavero a brilliant physician-visionary, years ahead of his time, or a rabid self-publicist? Is he an Einstein or a Frankenstein?
Produced by James Peak
A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.