Head Transplant

First Human Head Transplant: Myth or Truth

It has been claimed by Italian Professor Sergio Canavero that he has successfully carried out a head transplant. Head transplant!  Yes, you read it right people, head transplant.

“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 have 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.  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.”


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Dr. Sergio Canavero


Dr. Sergio Canavero is head of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. He claims that the operation was carried out by the team being led by Dr. Xiaoping Ren, who last year successfully grafted a head onto a monkey’s body.

Another statement made by Dr. Canavero was that he wants to test a live human body in his next operation, regarding a head transplant.


In 2015, Dr. Canavero announced that he has a volunteer for his first live operation. In May 2017, scientists carried out a head transplant on a rat which was a success.

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First Volunteer for the Head Transplant, suffering from the muscle-wasting disease

There was a total of 3 rats were used for this procedure.

Rat Purpose
A smaller Rat To be used as a donor’s head
Larger rat (1) To be acting as the blood supply donor
Larger Rat (2) To act as a recipient


By using a silicon tube, the donor’s blood flow was maintained by connecting it to the veins of the third Rat, which was further passed through a peristaltic pump. Once the head of the donor rat was connected to the second rat’s body, the scientists and the researchers used vascular grafts to connect the donor’s thoracic aorta and superior vena cava to the carotid artery and extracorporeal veins of the recipient.

Dr.Canavero said in a press conference that he had a plan to carry out this operation in the USA but his project was dismissed by the Medical Communities in the USA and Europe.

Regarding his surgery, he added, ‘Americans did not understand’ in a press conference. Dr. Canavero in his past interviews claimed to carry out this operation the brain would be cooled down to a deep hypothermic state.

Venue for the Operation

The operation was carried out at “Harbin Medical University, China”. The operations lasted for 18 hours.

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Mr. Canavero has also promised to share all the details and the documents related to the procedure, within the next few days.


This operation has molded medical science and changed our ideas and perceptions related to human head transplants. If the operation was a success and somehow in the future, if such an operation could be carried out on a live human donor and recipient, then many lives in the world can be saved.

  • Everything will be changed at every level.
  • The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been released.
  • This operation is a huge one in the human history




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