First ever human head transplant a ‘success’.
The plans for this operation have been in place for years, and last week Professor Canavero who carried out the operation declared that the controversial procedure was carried out successfully.
The top-secret operation was reportedly carried out in China, The Telegraph reported.
Canavero and his team successfully replaced the head of a corpse during an 18-hour operation at the Harbin Medical University in China.
The professor now says that he and his team will ‘imminently’ move on to performing the operation on living human, now that they are sure the technology works.
We have recently seen the first few successful face transplants, but skeptics seemed unable to believe that a head transplant would be successful due to the sheer amount of nerves and tiny blood vessels that connects the human head to the neck. If the reports are true and this operation was a success, it will be the most advanced piece of medical science the world has even seen and will surely open up a whole world full of avenues in the medical world.
Dr Xiaoping Ren led the operation, who is familiar with such procedures as in the past he has transplanted the head of a monkey and several rodents in preparation for the human operation.
Canavero is reported to have told a crowd:
“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage. And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent.”
Canavero was forced to carry out the operation in China as he says hospitals in both Europe and the U.S were unwilling to support the controversial procedure.
“The Americans did not understand. Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to restore China to greatness. He wants to make it the sole superpower in the world. I believe he is doing it.”