The world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China, according to Italian professor Sergio Canavero.
During an 18-hour operation, experts demonstrated that it is possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels of a severed head.
A similar operation on a live human will take place ‘imminently’, the controversial professor claims.
Professor Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, made the announcement at a press conference in Vienna this morning.
The procedure was carried out by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren, who last year grafted a head onto the body of a monkey.
Speaking at the press conference, Professor Canavero said: ‘For too long nature has dictated her rules to us.
‘We’re born, we grow, we age and we die. For millions of years humans has evolved and 110 billion humans have died in the process.
‘That’s genocide on a mass scale.
‘We have entered an age where we will take our destiny back in our hands.
‘It will change everything. It will change you at every level.
‘The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been realised.
The surgery lasted 18 hours. The paper will be released in a few days.’
‘Everyone said it was impossible, but the surgery was successful.’