Most people have no idea what they'll be doing in December of 2017. Valery Spiridonov is not most people. He suffers from a severe form of Werdnig-Hoffmann disease that bounds him to a wheelchair, but that December, there's high hopes that his life will drastically change.
In 2017, Spiridonov is slated to be the recipient of the world's first human head transplant. No, he won't be getting a new one — his head will be placedonto a donor's body. According to Discovery, Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero will be performing the procedure, and he's confident that his calculations will be complete in two years time. The Independent notes that Canavero will be joined by a team of 150 doctors and nurses.
According to Fox News, Spiridonov spoke to Central European News (CEN) about the procedure. While he's expectedly excited about the prospect, he's in no hurry. "According to Canavero’s calculations, if everything goes to plan, two years is the time frame needed to verify all scientific calculations and plan the procedure’s details ... It isn’t a race. No doubt, the surgery will be done once the doctor and the experts are 99 percent sure of its success."
While Spiridonov and his doctors are optimistic, their enthusiasm isn't wholeheartedly echoed across the scientific community. Dr. Hunt Batjer, president of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons, would prefer death to the possible outcomes Valery faces.
In an interview with The Independent, he mentioned that "I would not wish this on anyone ... I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death."
Check out the clip from Russia Today to hear the full story, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments. If you were in Valery's position, would you consider a first-of-its-kind procedure like this one? When the video's over, share it with your friends on Facebook!