Details of a controversial surgery about the first human head transplant will be unveiled soon. A computer scientist from Russia, Valery Spiridonov, who is the first person on whom the risky procedure would be performed next year, has announced that more details about the extraordinary surgery will be revealed next month. According to a report on the mailonline, Spiridonov, a terminally ill man suffering from Werdnig- Hoffmann disease, is set to undergo the risky procedure next year.
Werdnig-Hoffmann disease is a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) presenting in infants. It is an autosomal recessive condition characterised by the degeneration of anterior horn cells, leading to profound symmetrical weakness and wasting of voluntary muscle.
Yesterday, the 31-yearold, who is wheelchair reliant due to the muscle- wasting disease, announced his neurosurgeon would explain how the plan was progressing in September. Spiridonov said he was ready to put his trust in controversial surgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero who claims he can cut off his head and attach it to a healthy body. Neither the exact date or location has been chosen yet, but the world first procedure is aimed to take place in December 2017.
Speaking at a press conference, he said his Italian surgeon – dubbed Dr. Frankenstein – will reveal more soon. Spiridonov said: ‘I continue the dialogue with Mr. Canavero. We exchange information and as far as I know, he is preparing a portion of news this September.’
Severely handicapped, Spiridonov received worldwide coverage when he volunteered as a guinea pig for the operation. He suffers from Werdnig- Hoffman, also known as spinal muscular atrophy, which can result in problems moving, breathing and swallowing.
Most people with the disease die within the first few years of life, but he is among the 10 per cent who survive into adulthood. With his condition worsening every day, he previously said that he wanted the chance of having a new body before his disease kills him.
He claimed his family fully supports his decision to be the first human to undergo such surgery and said: ‘If you want something to be done, you need to participate in it. “I do understand the risks of such surgery. They are multiple.
“We can’t even imagine what exactly can go wrong. I’m afraid that I wouldn’t live long enough to see it happen to someone else.” The new body would come from a transplant donor who is classified brain dead but otherwise health