An Italian scientist has defied the odds by completing the world's first head transplant.
The controversial surgery has been supposedly performed on a human corpse in an 18 hour operation, where Dr. Xiaoping Ren and his team of doctors of Harbin Medical University in China were ale to successfully connect the spine, nerves and blood vessels of two people, The Telegraph reports.
As previously noted, Dr. Sergio Canavero - otherwise known as "Dr. Frankenstein" - announced at a press conference in Vienna an operation on a live human being is set to take place "imminently."
"The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done," Canavero said. "A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage."
Canavero, who is also the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, also stated that society is now standing "on the brink of a revolution, not only in medicine but in human life as well."
Posted by Prof. Sergio Canavero, MD on Friday, November 17, 2017
“For too long nature has dictated her rules to us," Canavero said. "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,” he added.
While an advancement in modern medicine, this isn't the first time Canavero has experimented on a live creature.