Italian Doctor to Attempt World’s First Human Head Transplant as Soon as 2017

An Italian neurosurgeon says the world’s first human head transplant could take place in the next two years, and what’s more, he has a volunteer, according to Sky News.

Dr. Sergio Canavero is scheduled to deliver the keynote lecture on the subject on Friday at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons in Annapolis, Md., in a speech, titled, “Head Transplantation: The Future Is Now.”

It may sound like a 2015 version of Frankenstein, but someone has actually volunteered to be the “guinea pig” for the procedure.

A Russian man named Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a muscle wasting disease, will appear on stage with Dr. Canavero as he details his plan to transplant Spiridonov’s head onto the body of a healthy donor as soon as 2017.

“I am not going crazy here and rushing to cut off my head, believe me,” Spiridonov told the Daily Mail. The procedure will only take place once “all believe that the success is 99% possible.”