Stranger Than Fiction
It sounds like something out of Futurama, but the reality of human head transplants is closer than you might think. So close, in fact, that one man has already willingly volunteered for the first surgery.
31-year-old Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov suffers from a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease. Though he has lived much longer than most born with his condition, life has been difficult, and the muscle disorder remains fatal.
Knowing all of this, Spiridonov is taking a major risk with his final chance at life: a groundbreaking procedure at the hands of an Italian doctor some have called a mad scientist. Here’s what the surgery entails…