Why would anyone volunteer for this? Victoria Vito:
Last year, famous Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero surprised the world when he decided to perform the first human head transplant in the world. He announced that this huge procedure will happen in December 2017. Canavero has recruited a head surgeon to lead this historical process.
And solicited volunteers.
A 30-year-old man from Russia, called Valery Spiridonov, is the first volunteer for the operation in the hope of living a normal life. Mr. Spiridonov is a computer scientist who suffers from very rare motor neuron disorder, better known as Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease. This disorder causes motor neurons to fail. This leads to muscular atrophy and in some cases, difficulty breathing and swallowing. At this time, there is no treatment for this condition.
Hence the head transplant. Mary Shelley would be proud.