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.