World's first human head transplant conducted successfully, claims Italian scientist

World's first human head transplant conducted successfully, claims Italian scientist

Canavero, who has partnered with Chinese doctor Xiaoping Ren after being pushed out of medical circles in both the U.S. and Europe, claims the procedure took some 18 hours, and that the team was successfully able to transplant a human head and reattach all the vital bits - like the jugular, trachea, esophagus, and spine.

Canavero told a press conference "for too long nature has dictated her rules to us", The Telegraph reported.

The latest (and perhaps most unsettling) example of this is Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero's unceasing desire to perform the first human head transplant. Dr Canavero also claimed to have carried out a "successful" rat head transplant.

After the transplant, Canavero told the media that that "today we stand on the brink of a revolution, not only in medicine but in human life as well".

"A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage". Canavero previously claimed that his first patient will be Chinese, despite the fact that when he first announced the procedure two years ago, he already had his first volunteer. He, however, added that the proof of the procedure will be put in public domain soon.

'Everyone said it was impossible, but the surgery was successful'. The paper will be released in a few days.

But some in the medical community don't see it as any different from the first limb or face transplants, which were incredibly controversial at the time they were first performed.

"Canavero has not completed a successful human head transplant, and it is very unlikely that he will ever do so", the magazine wrote on Friday, in a story debunking Canaveros' claims.

Valery Spiridinov, from Russian Federation, is to become the first living person to have his head frozen and placed onto another body. Canavero says a transplant on a live subject is now imminent. According to the Italian, the monkey survived the transplant without any neurological injury for 20 hours before being euthanized for ethical reasons.