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Italian doctors have realized the world’s first human head transplant on a corpse in China. The Italian doctor has mentioned on Friday that he and his team are now ready to perform the surgery on a living person. The operation was realized by a team led Dr. Xiaoping Ren, who successfully grafted a head onto a monkey’s body a year ago, said Dr. Sergio Canavero, chief of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group.
“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done. A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage,” Canavero said at a press conference in Vienna, the Telegraph of the UK reported. “And that is the final step for the formal head transplant for a medical condition which is imminent.”
According to www.scienceinsanity.com [Canavero said the successful transplant by the surgeons at Harbin Medical University shows that his techniques for reconnecting the spine, nerves and blood vessels to allow two bodies to live together will work. Although Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a muscle-wasting disease, volunteered to become the first head transplant patient, the team has said the first recipient will likely be Chinese, because the chance of a Chinese donor body will be higher].
“He’s run the ethical flag up the poles and said, ‘Look, I’m not an ethicist, I’m a neurologist and this may be an avant-garde technique, I recognize there is a high possibility for failure, but this is the only way we can push the envelope and probe the cutting edge to determine what works, what doesn’t and why,” Giordano said.
Assya Pascalev who is a biomedical ethicist at Howard University in Washington said “It’s not just about a head adjusting to a new body. We might be dealing with a whole new person”.
Source: Text; www.scienceinsanity.com, www.physics-astronomy.org
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