The first worldwide human head transplant has been executed on a corpse in China, claims a controversial Italian Doctor. He said that scientists now are equipped to do it on a living human being as well.
Professor Sergio Canavero, the leader of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, said the 18-hours surgery of the human head transplant was conducted by a team of doctors under the supervision of Dr. Xiaoping Ren. He is famous for transplanting a head onto a monkey’s body last year.
“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage,” Canavero said at a press conference in Vienna.
“And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent,” he added.
According to Dr. Canavero, the well-done transplant indicates that his methods of reconnecting the spine, nerves and blood vessels to allow two bodies to live as one, actually will succeed.
Although this may be true, he didn’t contribute solid proof to back up his claims about the operation. However, he said the evidence is coming really soon.
Above all his claims of having performed the surgery on rats and monkeys, medical experts said the first patient to undergo human head transplant will suffer terribly until he adapts.
Canavero said the surgery was executed in China since the US and Europe rejected his project ideas.
“The Americans did not understand,” Canavero said as he discussed the surgery.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to restore China back to greatness and he wants to make it the sole superpower in the world and I believe he is doing it.”
Canavaro did not reveal the identity of the recipient (head) or the donor (body).
In April 2015, a Russian man suffering from a fatal muscle-wasting syndrome volunteered for the idea.
Valery Spiridinov, 33, confessed he is terrified to have his head frozen and then spliced onto a new donor body. However, he also said he was prepared to devote his life to science.