Surgeon claims he's performed world's first human head transplant on a corpse

  • Surgeon claims he's performed world's first human head transplant on a corpse

Surgeon claims he's performed world's first human head transplant on a corpse

For those unaware, Dr Ren had grafted a head onto the body of a monkey previous year. "The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been realised". He and his team are expecting the live operation to take at least 24 hours, and that it will be a complicated juggling act to keep the body of a braindead patient alive while the healthy head from the unidentified recipient is severed with a diamond blade and attached to its new body.

"That's genocide on a mass scale".

A controversial surgeon has claimed that he has successfully carried out a head transplant on a corpse, heralding the imminent chance of a live transplant.

'We have entered an age where we will take our destiny back in our hands.

Canavero said the operation lasted for 18 hours and a paper on the head transplant procedure will be released within the next few days. "It will change you at every level", Canavero said, according to Newsweek.

Speaking to Wired in May of this year about head transplant surgery, neuroscientist Dean Burnett said: "When someone makes an extreme claim, my rule of thumb is this: If they haven't provided robust scientific evidence, but they have done a TED talk, alarm bells should be ringing".

The Italian neurosurgeon will then use a glue like substance named polyethylene gylcol to fuse the head to the donor body.

Dr. Canavero's team in China did in fact do a head swap procedure, but it was done on a corpse.

"Attempting such a thing given the current state of the art would be nothing short of criminal".

Dr James Fildes, from the University of Manchester, said the project is "morally wrong" if the surgeons can not first provide proof that it improves the life of large animal.

"It's important that people stop thinking this is impossible". Arthur Caplan, head of medical ethics at Langone Medical Center of New York University, said Canavero was "out of his mind".

Originally, the recipient was supposed to be Valery Spiridonov, a 33-year-old Russian who has a muscle-wasting disease.

"Canavero has not completed a successful human head transplant, and it is very unlikely that he will ever do so", the magazine wrote on Friday, in a story debunking Canaveros' claims.

When asked if after initial tests in China, whether live procedures would go worldwide, Dr Canavero said, "Given the amount of mean criticism we received I don't think we should go global".