World's First Human Head Transplant Successfully Carried Out, Claims Surgeon

The donor will be the healthy body of a brain-dead patient matched for build with a recipient's disease-free head. (File

The head of a corpse has been attached to the shoulders of another in a test run for the world's first body transplant on a living human, a maverick neurosurgeon announced today.

Professor Canavero, who is the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group director, the nerves and blood vessels had been successfully re-connected during the 18-hour operation.

Dr. Sergio Canavero said the procedure would take place in China because the USA and Europe would not allow it.

"A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage".

This apparently means he is now good to go with a human head transplant, which he said was "imminent".

They say Dr Canavero did not connect the monkey's spine to it new head which meant that even if it had regained consciousness, it would have been paralysed. Spiridinov's head will be frozen and a donor identified who will then have the Russian's man head transplanted onto his body.

The surgeon didn't appear to give any concrete proof for his claim, but said that would be made available in the coming days. "But the surgery was successful", The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

Neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says the Chinese government and Xiaoping Ren a Chinese doctor partnering with him on the

Canavero did not present any evidence of the claims, though he promised that a scientific paper with details would be released in the "next few day", Newsweek reports.

A surgeon has claimed he has successfully carried out procedures on corpses.

But not everyone is convinced Professor Canavero could actually ever achieve a successful head transplant.

Professor Canavero has gained fame and some notoriety for his controversial claims about the first head transplant.

"Everyone said it was impossible, but the surgery was successful".

In a phone interview today, Canavero told USA Today that the operation will take place in China because the scientific establishment and authorities of Europe and the U.S. were unwilling to support the contentious surgery.

But the medical community has looked at the surgery and the spectacle surrounding it with horror.

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