The Volunteer to Undergo World's First Head Transplant Bows Out After Finding Love

Updated On 11 Apr, 2019 Published On

33 years old Valery Spiridonov, who was set to undergo the world's first head transplants, backs out of the project after becoming a father.

The experimental surgery to fuse the head of 33 years old Valery to another spinal cord was to be performed by Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero

Italian CAPTION: Italian Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero SOURCE: People

Valery first signed in as the candidate to undergo the surgery in 2015, considering the fact that his body would eventually lose movement because of the rare disease he suffered. 

The CAPTION: The Volunteer to Undergo World's First Head Transplant Bows Out After Finding Love SOURCE: Standard

As reported by the National Organization for Rare Disorders, he suffers a muscle-wasting condition called as Werdnig-Hoffmann disease that nerves and muscles in the brain and spinal cord.

In an interview with Canada’s National Post in 2016, Canavero spoke of Spiridonov’s willingness to go through the surgery,

Here you have a patient who is dying, dying, dying every single day, What is going to happen if I do nothing?

The surgery was initially scheduled to begin in 2017; however, the date was pushed to continue preparations for the procedure. 

Well, as of 2019, while Canavero's preparation yet continues, Spiridonov has changed his mind. In a recent talk with Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Spiridonov said,

I cannot wait for surgery forever and my condition seems stable, I’m happy to say I’m married and I have a beautiful kid now and I’m in charge of my own company

By the end of 2017, Spiridonov got married to Anastasia Panfilova, a computer expert and live together in Florida. They together also have a 5-month-old son who is reported to be perfectly healthy and free from genetic disease from his father.