World’s first human head transplant successfully carried out


Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero said a team had ‘realized the first human head transplant’Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

The world’s first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China in an 18-hour operation that showed it was possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.

At a press conference in Vienna on Friday morning, Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, announced that a team at Harbin Medical University had “realized the first human head transplant” and said an operation on a live human will take place “imminently”.

Prof Canavero, said: “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.

Professor Sergio Canavero shocked the world in 2015 with his transplant plansCredit: Pietro Martinello