- Wheelchair-bound Valery Spiridonov has volunteered to have his head transplanted onto a healthy body
- The day-long procedure could take place in 2017, but has invited questions as well as concerns
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(CNN)The world's first full head transplant could take place as soon as 2017 if the controversial plans by Italian neuroscientist Dr Sergio Canavero come to pass. Wheelchair-bound Valery Spiridonov, who has the muscle-wasting Werdnig Hoffman disease, has volunteered to have his head transplanted onto a healthy body in a day-long operation.