WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Controversial surgeon Sergio Canavero recently landed on the headlines when he announced that he will carry out the first-ever human head transplant in December.
- The Italian neurosurgeon now claims that he had successfully performed the operation on a corpse.
- He revealed that the 18-hour operation proved that it is possible to reconnect the spinal cord, blood vessels, muscle tissues and nerves.
Professor Canavero is an Italian surgeon who is obsessed with being the first neurosurgeon to perform a human head transplant. During a press conference in Vienna, he said that a team at Harbin Medical University had ‘realised the first human head transplant.’
The professor then said that he will carry out the first operation on a living patient in Chine sometime in December.
‘The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done,” Canavero said. “A full 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,” he added.
Earlier this year, Professor Canavero broadcasted that his team had successfully reattached severed spinal cords in rats. He claimed that this is vital towards a successful operation.
The team who did a transplant on rodents first severed the spinal cords of rats. They used polyethylene glycol to treat, seal and repair the disconnected spinal cord nerve cells.
One month after the procedure, the rats had shown some movement. The team claimed that two of the rats returned to being ‘basically normal’.
“The final goal is immortality,” Professor Canavero declared.
He discloses that there are rich patients who were showing interest in possibly extending their lives by connecting their “old” heads onto young bodies.
Last year, the doctor said, “You bet, there are a few funds working on prolonging life expectancy, and they are well-funded.”
The world now awaits if the doctor’s plan will be a success or will he cause the sudden death of one or two persons.