Surgeons in China develop technique to perform world's first human head transplant

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published May 16, 2018, 4:43 pm IST
Updated May 16, 2018, 4:44 pm IST
They are hoping it could help patients with paralysis and spinal cord injuries to walk again.
2 surgeons in China develop technique to perform world's first human head transplant. (Photo: Pixabay)
 2 surgeons in China develop technique to perform world's first human head transplant. (Photo: Pixabay)

Two surgeons in China believe they may have found a technique to perform the world's first human head transplant, the Daily Mail reported.

The technique is being developed by Chinese surgeon Xiaoping Ren and Italian scientist Sergio Canavero.

 

Their plan - shock the body with a jolt of electricity with bold attaching the head to its neck.

They are hoping their invention could one day help patients suffering with paralysis and spinal cord injuries to be able to walk again.

"These patients don't currently have good strategies, their mortality is very very high. So I try to translate this technique to benefit these patients," Professor Ren said told CNBC. "That is my main strategy in the future."

During a procedure that lasted 18 hours, Chinese surgeons showed it is possible to reconnect the spine and nerves to a head.

However, many in the scientific community question the project's ethics. The surgeons received a lot of heat after performing trial surgeries on two corpses.

One Oxford University neuroscientist said attempting such a surgery could be "nothing short of criminal", according to the report.

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