Ailing Russian man volunteers to be first head transplant recipient: reports BY Deborah Hastings NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 4:18 PM YouTube Dr. Sergio Canavero has agreed to perform the world’s first head transplant on a Russian man whose genetic disorder will likely kill him, the patient says. A 30-year-old Russian man with an extremely rare spinal disease has volunteered to become the world's first head transplant, according to reports. Valery Spiridonov, a computer scientist who has a genetic disorder called Werdnig-Hoffman disease, says he will be operated on by the controversial surgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero, who says a human head can be removed and attached to physically healthy body. "Am I afraid? Yes, of course, I am," said Spiridonov, reported Britain's Daily Mirror. "But it is not just very scary, but also very interesting. "But you have to understand that I don't really have many choices," he said. His disease, which has left him unable to walk, is worsening, he says. The affliction is often fatal. Canavero, of Italy, calls his transplant procedure HEAVEN, an acronym for head anastomosis venture, according to the Daily Express. He has given several speeches about the possibility of severing a head and reattaching it onto another body, saying he has a "magic" way of sealing the spinal cords so that they will fuse. He has confirmed he will perform the surgery on Spiridonov. The claims have been rejected as ludicrous by other neurosurgeons and raise a host of ethical quandaries. Spiridonov's surgery would take place in 2017, he said.