No, there hasn't been a successful human head transplant

World's first human head transplant successfully carried out

An Italian neurosurgeon has claimed to have successfully carried out the world's first head transplant.

Professor Sergio Canavero claimed his latest experiment worked after Dr Xiaoping Ren was able to re-attach the head to the spine in China. "But the surgery was successful", The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

He added: 'The (Harbin Medical University team) paper will be released in a few days.

This apparently means he is now good to go with a human head transplant, which he said was "imminent". "A full head swap between brain-dead organ donors is the next stage", Canavero said at a press conference in Vienna, the Telegraph of the United Kingdom reported. It also seems to suggest that the surgery could be done in the 18-hour target that the team has set itself to be successful.

Canavero has been known for his repeated claims regarding human head transplantations. That will be followed by a "formal head transplant" operation in China in December, according to Newsweek.

Scientists have successfully performed a head transplant on a corpse, and are ready to do it on a living person, according to reports by media outlets. Not only would head and neck tissue, nerve cells, and spinal cords have to be grafted together to create functional units; the patient going through such an extensive procedure would have to stay alive for long enough for it to work and then have to hope that his or her new body doesn't reject the head of a biological stranger.

A "high number" of people have volunteered to be his first patient, he says. Everyone said it was impossible.

Dr Canavero said before the operation that he was anticipating it to be a 36-hour procedure that would involve 150 doctors and nurses. Canavero pops up in the news occasionally by claiming various stages of success with monkeys and rats.

Experts in the medical community said that a procedure like this would not be allowed in either the United States or Europe.

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