A Russian computer scientist has volunteered for the world’s first head transplant to be performed by an Italian doctor.
Valery Spiridonov suffers from a genetic muscle-wasting condition known as Werdnig-Hoffmann disease.
30-year-old Spiridonov told CE, “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.”
The operation, which will be carried out in China, is expected to take 36 hours and cost US$11 million.
After the procedure, Spiridonov will be put in a coma for a month and pumped full of drugs to stop his body from rejecting the new head.
The plan has drawn criticism from much of the medical community.