In a freaky 18-hour operation, a team lead by Dr Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University in China allegedly carried out what is being termed as the world's first human head transplant on a corpse, reported The Telegraph.
Professor Canavero claimed that the procedure took place in China because "the Americans did not understand" and wouldn't fund the experiments, according to USA Today.
Sergio Canavero reportedly told a conference in Vienna that he has "realised the first human head transplant".
While the surgeon did not provide proof for his claims he said, "the paper will be released in a few days".
Dr Canavero and his colleagues are undeterred.
According to the researchers, there was no damage to the brain tissue of the donor and after surgery the transplanted head felt pain and could open his eyes. That will be followed by a "formal head transplant" operation in China in December, according to Newsweek.
A head transplant has been successfully performed on a corpse and scientists are ready to do it on a living person, a controversial Italian surgeon said Friday.
Many in the medical community said that not only is it doubtful the procedure will be successful, there also are ethical questions, saying that whoever undergoes the procedure will be in incredible pain, and not able to breathe or control their own heart rate, Newsweek reported. Spiridinov's head will be frozen and a donor identified who will then have the Russian's man head transplanted onto his body. Everyone said it was impossible.
Professor Canavero's team has repeatedly claimed that they have successfully performed the same surgery on mice and monkeys.
Canavero cites studies on animals to support his plan, but other doctors say that "you're not going to jump from rodent to human" and that Canavero's plan is "criminal".
"The head transplant gives us the first insight into whether there is an afterlife, a heaven, a hereafter, or whatever you may want to call it, or whether death is simply a flicking off of the light switch and that's it", he told the publication.
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