China conducted the world's first head transplant

Posted November 19, 2017

An Italian surgeon claims he has conducted the world's first head transplant on a human corpse.

Dr Sergio Canavero on Friday claimed that with his own developed techniques, he was able to reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels on a corpse to demonstrate that such a procedure will in the near future allow two bodies to live together. Like when he claimed to have successfully transplanted a monkey's head past year. "But the surgery was successful", The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

Canavero also said that the details of the surgery are likely to be released in a few days by a surgical journal.

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But Canavero and Ren have prompted plenty of skepticism over the years from critics challenging both the scientific feasibility and ethical implications of head transplants, with some prominent doctors rejecting the notion that such a procedure is even possible.

Professor Canavero added that the team's next move was to make full head exchanges between dead brain organ donors.

"According to the reports stated that world's first human head transplant" had been "successfully carried out", though clearly that won't really have happened until someone undergoes the procedure and survives it.

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While it's being called a head transplant, it's technically a body transplant, where the recipient with a functioning brain will have his head transplanted to a donor's body who has been declared brain dead, USA Today reported.

Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Centre, had previously said that the bodies of head transplant patients "would end up being overwhelmed with different pathways and chemistry than they are used to and they'd go crazy". "Everyone said it was impossible, but the operation worked", he said.

"The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done", he said. If it is successful, the patient could walk again, Canavero claims.

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