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Jun 27, 2015

Human Head Transplant volunteer Valery Spiridonov

Human Head Transplant volunteer Valery Spiridonov

Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant. The 30-year-old Russian, who has a degenerative muscle condition known as Werdnig-Hoffman, wants to become the first person ever to undergo a human head transplant performed by Italian neurosurgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero who says he believes he has a 90 percent chance of success.

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Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, attends a news conference in Vladimir MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, attends a news conference in Vladimir MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, is transported during a news conference in Vladimir MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, is assisted before a news conference in Vladimir, Russia MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, looks on after a news conference in Vladimir MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, attends a news conference in Vladimir MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, attends a news conference in Vladimir MAXIM ZMEYEV/REUTERS

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