First Human Head Transplant Scheduled For 2017

Thirty-year-old Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov will become the world’s first head transplant patient in December 2017.

Spiridonov suffers from a rare genetic degenerative muscle condition called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease which has no treatment.

The doctor who will perform the surgery is Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero. It is clear that this procedure is full of uncertainties considering this has literally never been done before. Will the body reject the new head? Will the spinal cord actually fuse with the new head? Oy.

Spiridonov feels as though he’s got nothing to lose however.

[Gizmodo]