HNGN | Jeleni James
|Spiridonov immediately volunteered when he learned he could contribute to the historic procedure.|
Ignoring concerns about medical ethics in China, an Italian-Chinese medical team confirmed that its plans to perform the world's first-ever human head transplant.
Ren Xiaping, along with Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero, intend to attempt the historic procedure in 2017, but only if the preparatory research and tests go according to plan, Ren said, according to AFP.
"A lot of media have been saying we will definitely attempt the surgery by 2017, but that's only if every step before that proceeds smoothly," he stated.
The man who's head will be used in the operation is 30-year-old Valery Spiridonov, reported Fox News. Spiridonov was diagnosed with a genetic muscle-deteorating condition called Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease, which generally leads to chewing, swallowing and breathing difficulties, as well as a loss of motor functions,
When Spiridonov learned that he could participate he immediately agreed, ignoring the potential risks involved.