First Human Head Transplant is a Success

Professor Sergio Canavero gestures as he speaks to the media during a press conference in Glasgow Scotland Friday Nov. 18 2016

The transplant connected the spine, nerves and blood vessels of two persons.

An Italian professor at the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, who has been working with the team behind the head transplant, told The Telegraph that they would eventually perform the operation on a living human paralysed from neck down. And he says that the successful test shows that his plans will work, according to the British newspaper The Independent.

Canavero gave no evidence of the authenticity of his claims, but said he will provide a proof in the coming days.

The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done, with fully 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, stated Sergio Canavero on press conference.

Professor Canavero's team had previously claimed to have successfully transplanted the heads of rats and monkeys.




We're not sure who the patient is going to be after disabled Russian man Valery Spiridonov, 31, said it was unlikely to him after he was initially announced as the likely patient.

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.

The Italian neurosurgeon continued: "The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been realised". "Everyone said it was impossible, but the operation worked", he said. "But the surgery was successful", he said, according to The Telegraph.

And as neuroscience Dr. Dean Burnett points out in a scathing op-ed, Canavero's outsized claims about past successes may not exactly align with the realities of his accomplishments.

Experts in the medical community said that a procedure like this would not be allowed in either the United States or Europe.

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