The world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China, according to a controversial Italian doctor who said Friday that scientists are now ready to perform the surgery on a living person.
“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage,” Canaveral said at a press conference in Vienna, the Telegraph reported.
The operation was carried out by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University, China, who last year successfully grafted a head onto the body of a monkey.
Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, who has been working with the team, said they would ‘imminently’ move onto a living human who was paralyzed from the neck down.
At a press conference in Vienna, Austria, Canavero announced that he had removed the head from one corpse and attached it to the body of another corpse by fusing the spine, nerves, and blood vessels.
In April 2105, a Russian man suffering from a fatal muscle-wasting disease volunteered for the procedure.
Valery Spiridinov, 33, admitted being scared to have his head frozen and then grafted onto a new donor body, but said he was prepared to sacrifice his life for science.