A disabled Russian man, who volunteered for the world’s first head transplant carried out by Italian medic, has revealed about his new life in the US.
Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a form of spinal muscular atrophy often leading to low life expectancy, volunteered to have his neck severed and his head attached to a new, healthy body in experimental surgery carried out by an Italian doctor named Sergio Canavero.
However, the surgery was canceled and Valery decided to start a new life in Florida.
Now, he is living with his wife and son in Florida where he is studying computer analysis at the University of Florida.
He recently shared on his social media that his wife Anastasia Panfilova and their baby son have joined them in the US.
His wife previously wrote on her social media about her wheelchair-bound husband:
‘Such people are much deeper, feeling, faithful, kind-hearted, and also they are usually very smart… isn’t that the main thing?’
Valery said of his wife:
‘We lived in the same city, and often met in professional settings, and soon realized that we felt really good together.’
‘She has several degrees. We got married a little over one year ago in Moscow.’
Valery also talked about his decision to have his neck severed and his head attached to a new, healthy body in experimental surgery by an Italian doctor named Sergio Canavero.
He said: ‘I understood that it was a great risk, that it had never been done before. But what did I have to lose? I could not lose just a tiny chance to walk normally.’ he told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.