Is human head transplantation possible? Italian surgeon claims he's achieved it

Is human head transplantation possible? Italian surgeon claims he's achieved it

But Sergio Canavero said that he has signed up with a patient named Valery Spiridinov, a Russian man who will have his head frozen and then grafted onto a new donor body, according to his doctor.

In 2015 Professor Canavero, former director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, announced that he meant to transplant the head of a paralysed man onto the body of a dead donor.

Canavero said the operation lasted for 18 hours and a paper on the head transplant procedure will be released within the next few days.

If you were going to believe that anyone had completed the first-ever human head transplant, it would be Sergio Canavero.

Scientists have successfully performed a head transplant on a corpse, and are ready to do it on a living person, according to reports by media outlets.




Several dozen surgeons will work with Canavero as he will simultaneously sever the spinal chords of the donor (body) and recipient (head) with a diamond blade, in what is expected to be a 24-hour procedure.

There have, however, been other kinds of recent milestones in the transplant space, including one of the most extensive face transplants ever done and the prospect of human organ donations from genetically modified pigs. "And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent", he was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

The Italian neurosurgeon continued: "The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been realised".

Professor Canavero claimed that the procedure took place in China because "the Americans did not understand" and wouldn't fund the experiments, according to USA Today. If it is successful, the patient could walk again, Canavero claims. Everyone said it was impossible.

The medical community thinks the surgery is both "unethical" and "dangerous". And he says that the successful test shows that his plans will work, "The Independent" reported.

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