Bizarre! First Successful Head Transplant Carried Out In China

The world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China, according to an Italian Professor Sergio Canavero.

Dr Xiaoping Ren, who grafted a head onto the body of a monkey in 2016, carried out the operation, which took 18 hours.

Italian Professor Canavero, who is the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, announced the success in a press conference in Vienna.

The professor said: “The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done.

“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.”

It had previously been hoped that 30-year-old Valery Spiridonov would be the first human to undergo the operation but the Russian decided he did not want to experience the surgery.

Spiridonov had volunteered because he suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, which causes severe spinal muscular atrophy, and he was willing to try anything to prolong his life.

There had been an angry backlash to the potential surgery from religious groups, who said it was going against God.

Spiridonov was fully prepared for the body to reject his head but it was also possible that fusing his head with another body – including the spinal cord and jugular vein – might result in never-before experienced levels of insanity.

Doctor Canavero said before the operation that he was anticipating it to be a 36-hour procedure that would involve 150 doctors and nurses.

Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Centre, had previously said that the bodies of head transplant patients “would end up being overwhelmed with different pathways and chemistry than they are used to and they’d go crazy”.

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In 1970, a head transplant was successfully performed on a monkey. Well, it was sort of successful. The monkey lived, but only for eight days.

The body rejected the new head and the monkey was left unable to breathe or move because the spinal cord of the head and body weren’t properly connected.

Hopefully, technology has advanced enough in the past 45 years.

Source: ladbible.com

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  1. Omenuko Adaobi Promise

    Wow… Technology is Really improving
    Group A

  2. Hmmmm….. This is not easy ooo..GroupI

  3. Amene Chidera Doris

    Hmmmm….this is…but they tried…
    Team H

  4. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    This is great indeed the world technology is highly getting advanced day by day
    GROUP M

  5. Is this an advancement in the medical world or a sheer challenge to God’s eternal plans, as did the people of Babel? God has the final say.

  6. UMEAKU SOMTO ONYEDIKA

    Should I say END-TIME????
    TECHNOLOGY IS BECOMING LIMITLESS

    TEAM_C

  7. wow team l

  8. If a monkey can’t survive the head transplant ,i doubt if a man will survive it.
    Group…K

  9. China China…. I love this country ooo…. they are full of surprises.

  10. That is really messed up in so many levels ewww

  11. aguinam -ojukwu faustina

    wow…congratulations on ur success
    Group M

  12. Crystal Chinelo Erokwu

    The caption fits the story indeed… I find this unbelievable.
    Group D

  13. Wow!Chinese doctors have actually broken record.

    GROUP F.

  14. Dats a good news .wonderful
    Group G

  15. Law-obilero Chiemena

    hmm team d

  16. Chukwurah chinwike Christopher

    Nkea turum n anya

  17. Nwangene blessing George

    It’s really good
    Group H

  18. ezeh vivian chinaecherem

    thank God for that!

    group h

  19. Its really wonderful .am short of words
    Group G

  20. Jeez….science is really growing faster than anything else group.B

  21. Congrats. Thank God for a successful surgery.

    group h

  22. This is great indeed the world technology is highly
    getting advanced day by day

    Team L

  23. These people keep on leaving us dumbfounded every time. Science is really improving.
    Group J

  24. even if dem transplant some peoples head…. dem still no go get sense.

    Team E

  25. Iweorah Ezinne Esther

    That’s very good, technology is really improving. Team L.

  26. Nawa ohh.. nawa ohh.. we ve seen it all.. Head Transplant again?? is okay.

    Group D

  27. I don’t know whether to congratulate them or be bothered at the rate in which technology is moving…it’s too unbelievable to hear that humans might have the ability to give life. group K

  28. Wonderful and great,technology is growing.
    Group A

  29. I know they really worked hard for that…
    Thank God it finally worked…
    Group F.

  30. Onyia Ogochukwu Mary

    Wow. Thank God it all went well.
    Group A

  31. These peoole are really gifted. We thank God.

    Team:A

  32. Ataka Fortunatus Tobenna

    wow!! This is not easy oo they tried.
    Group K

  33. buhari can now go and try his luck when he dies since he doesn’t want to give up the president seat..
    group c

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