Organ transplants like kidneys, livers and hearts aren't all that rare these days. But, head transplants are a different story. That's why this story is so crazy. A Russian man and an Italian doctor are on a mission to carry out the first head transplant ever.
Valery Spiridonov suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disorder, a degenerative muscle atrophy disease. He hasn't walked since he was one, and needs help getting out of bed in the morning and moving around the house. The computer programmer knows that the disease will one day take his life. That's why he sent a short email to Sergio Canavero.
“Dear Doctor Sergio!
I am a 29 years old disabled man with a muscle atrophy. I was so excited to read from newspapers about your research on head transplantation. Please tell me - what resources do you need for a successful operation? Can I be usable to you? I am ready to take part in any experiments, if you need.
Now, the two are embarking on a journey that they hope will result in a successful head transplant in 2017.