Sergio Canavero, an Italian surgeon, announced that a successful head transplant was performed on a corpse in China, making a live procedure a little more possible.
Canavero became famous after he claimed to be working on the first human head transplant. Sources report that the procedure, which took 18 hours, was carried out on a corpse in China. The operation was reportedly able to reconnect the spine, nerves, and blood vessels.
The Italian surgeon announced the breakthrough at a conference in Vienna on Friday morning. According to Canavero, a team at Harbin Medical University had „realized the first human transplant”. This renewed enthusiasm prompted the surgeon to say that a live operation is „imminent”.
„The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage.” The surgeon said at the conference.
Canavero’s controversial views were disregarded by many in the scientific area, a fact which the Italian surgeon brought into the discussion. Medical experts said the procedure would be permitted in neither Europe nor the U.S.
According to Canavero, the Chinese government will announce the live surgery’s date „within days” via Ren Xiaoping. He is a Chinese doctor, who will be assisting Canavero in the surgery. Xiaoping was the leading doctor in the head transplant operation. The Chinese doctor was also responsible for successfully grafting a head onto the body of a monkey in 2016.
Canavero announced in 2015 he would attempt the surgery on a Russian resident, Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a rare form of paralysis and muscle-wasting disease. This constricts his organs, making it hard to breathe and painful to sit. Spiridonov agreed to the head transplant mainly because he needs an „intrusion” to relieve the pain in his spine.
The budget for the procedure will involve up to $1 million and several dozen surgeons and medical experts. Canavero said he will sever the spinal chords of the donor and recipient with a diamond blade. While detached, the head will be co0led to a state of deep hypothermia so that it won’t shut down
Canavero will then bathe the ends of the nerves in a solution that makes the membranes susceptible to being reconnected. While the nerves will be fused, the won’t grow back.
Several specialists in the medical community are not taking too well to Canavero’s radical approach. Many think that for a patient to undergo a head transplant is a fate „worse than death”.
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