5:23 am - Tuesday December 12, 2017

Surgeon claims to have completed the First Human Head Transplant

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The world’s first complete Human Head Transplant has been allegedly completed on a corpse in an 18 hour operation by a renowned Italian Surgeon Sergio Canavero. Sergio told the press on Friday that the operation has been completed by a team led by Dr Xiaping Ren, who last year grafted a head onto a monkey’s body.   In February 2015, Sergio made a very bold claim by saying that he and his team will transplant a live human head onto a donor human’s body within two years’ time.

Speaking to the media on Friday he said “The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between the brain-dead organ donors is the next stage” Canavero said at a press conference in Vienna, the Telegraph Reported.

Immortality Possible? Canavero really seems to think so.

“And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent, “said the Italian based surgeon. Just as the fictional doctor Victor Frankenstein discovered how to give life to inanimate matter, Canavero aims to cheat death. The surgeon envisions a future in which healthy people could opt for full-body transplants as a way to live longer, eventually even putting their heads on clone bodies.

Well, to say he has achieved one of the greatest feats achieved in modern Medical Sciences is by no means a stretch but there are a number of concerns about his claims. First and foremost, he hasn’t provided any proof that his operation was indeed successful. Secondly, even if we do take him at his word, what does the word “successful” actually mean here? For instance, he recently claimed to have “successfully” completed a head transplant on a monkey in which the monkey was barely kept alive for 20 hours and in that time he never gained consciousness. Also, no effort was made to connect the spinal cord, which means that even if the monkey had gained consciousness, he would have been paralyzed for life. And the recent operation for a human head transplant? It was performed on corpses. Well, term “Success “may have been stretched to its breaking point on this one.

A large proportion of the scientific community thinks that Canavero is doing a mere TEDtalk with no robust evidence to back up his claims. And they may be right on their reservations. No research paper or book has been published by the surgeon which explains in detail, the procedures he went through to carry the operation. Many medical professionals do not embrace this procedure, some even describing it as outlandish and impossible.

While we may point out a lot of deficiencies in the operation, we have to admit that this is a step in the right direction. Human race is striving towards means to longevity and this will definitely be a guiding stone for further research and breakthroughs in this field.

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