“That’s genocide on a mass scale. We have entered an age where we will take our destiny back in our hands,” Canavero continued. “It will change everything. It will change you at every level.”
“The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been realized. The surgery lasted 18 hours. The paper will be released in a few days.”
“Everyone said it was impossible, but the surgery was successful.”The operation was not carried out on a living person but on a cadaver. However, the first attempt at a head transplant on a living person is said to be “imminent”, and 31-year-old Russian Valery Spiridonov, pictured below, has volunteered to have the operation because his life has been blighted by a muscle-wasting disease.
“It will be for a medical, neurological condition, not for life-extension,” Canavero said of the operation.Canavero was asked whether there was a possibility that the operation would take place outside of China if it was successful on a living person, and he answered with a resounding no. “Given the amount of mean criticism we received, I don’t think we should go international,” he said. “For instance, if you still stick to the Frankenstein schtick, which doesn’t make sense, then no.” “This is a medical condition for people who are suffering awfully so it isn’t a joke.” The operation which was carried out on a cadaver was deemed to be a success because it proved that the spine, nerves and blood vessels could be reconnected when a head is transplanted onto a different body. However, the news has been met with skepticism in the medical community. Spiridonov discusses how he plans to help people with muscle-wasting conditions before undergoing the controversial operation below: Dr. James Fildes, NHS principal research scientist at the University Hospital of South Manchester’s Transplant Centre, said, “Unless Canavero or Ren provide real evidence that they can perform a head, or more appropriately, a whole body transplant on a large animal that recovers sufficient function to improve quality of life, this entire project is morally wrong.”