An Italian neurosurgeon, Dr. Sergio Canavero, a director at the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, has announced on Friday that he is going to perform world’s first human head transplant. the surgery will be performed in China because, the medical communities of Europe and the United States may not permit this controversial act.
Canavero also informed that the government of China and Xiaoping Ren, a surgeon from the Harbin Medical University, will be partnering for the surgery with him and would fix the date of surgery ‘within days’ to proclaim its aim of being the world’s leader in each sector including medicine.
An operation was performed in China, on two human cadavers that took 18 hours, led by Ren along with his assistants. And the surgery reconnected a cleft head successfully with the nerves, blood vessels and spine of a body. Now Ren says that the similar surgery on a living human will soon take place imminently.
Canavero denounced the disinclination of the United States and Europe for hosting the surgery, in a telephonic interview. He said, “Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to restore China to greatness. He wants to make it the sole superpower in the world. I believe he is doing it. No American medical institute or center would pursue this, and there is no will by the U.S. government to support it.”
Since, Canavero wouldn’t disclose the identity of the donor or recipient from China. the donor is supposed be the healthy body of brain-dead patient and will be matched to build with the disease-free head of the recipients.
The surgery will cost around $100 million and include several dozens of surgeons as well as many other specialists, Canavero says.