The world's first human head transplant has been carried out
on a corpse in China - by scientists who say they are now ready to do it on a
Pioneering of the controversial procedure is being
spearheaded by scientist Serio Canavero - who claims it will save the lives of
Professor Canavero has previously been accused of 'going
A Russian man, Valery Spiridinov, has already agreed to the
the first patient ALIVE to undergo surgery - and get his head frozen and
grafted onto a donor's body.
Canavero told a news conference in Vienna, The Telegraph
reports: "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."
The operation was led by Dr Xiaoping Ren, a surgeon who has
already performed a head transplant on a monkey.
Spiridonov has admitted that the prospect of going through
with the operation is terrifying but added: "I am afraid, but what people
don't really understand is I don't really have many choices.
"If I don't try this out my fate will be very sad. With
every year my situation is getting worse."
A sufferer of the rare genetic Werdnig-Hoffman disease,
Spiridonov, from the western Russian city of Vladimir, said that while he
realised there were substantial risks he was prepared to sacrifice his life for
science in the hope that enough would be learned to help future full body
He said: "I wouldn't want to have my head transplanted
onto the body of a woman. When I wake up I still want to be a man."
Appearing on Good Morning Britain last year, Professor
Canavero said: "We all agree that 90% is the chances that Valery will
survive the operation.”There is a plan. We will do the surgery on brain-dead donors
When Dr Hilary Jones said he feared the patient could reject
the head, the Italian surgeon responded: "This doctor doesn't know what
he's talking about. It's going to work."