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Sergio Canavero: A Revolution in Medicine

OOOM EXCLUSIVE: Prof. Sergio Canavero, a neurosurgeon from Torino, Italy, intends to write medical history: he is planning the world’s first transplantation of a human head. In an exclusive interview with OOOM magazine, the medical pioneer announces – for the first time – the facts.

Georg Kindel27. April 2017 2 Comments

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How are the patients being prepared for the first head transplant?
We developed a virtual reality system together with Inventum Bioengineering Technologies, our partners from Silicon Valley. The system is designed to give patients the first tangible sensation of how it will be when they will be able to walk and move. Naturally, the psyche plays a major role in the process, and we want to be prepared for all eventualities. Together with Inventum’s CEO Alexander Pavlovcik, we developed the first protocol worldwide to enable patients to train for their new bodies months before the actual operation. A scientific study on the subject will be published in Surgery Neurology International.

You also developed a special scalpel for the head transplant.
Prof. Farid Amirouche, one of the leading experts of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the director of the bio-mechanic research laboratory, developed a very special scalpel that enables surgeons to make incisions on the micrometer and nano-scale that are more exact that anything that has ever been possible. It is, without a doubt, the sharpest and most precise blade in the world. The scalpel makes it possible to severe the spine with a clean cut and with minimal impact on the nerves.

IF WE MANAGE TO PROVE THAT OUR BRAIN
OES NOT CREATE CONSCIOUSNESS,
RELIGIONS WILL BE SWEPT AWAY FOREVER.
HUMANS WILL NO LONGER NEED TO BE AFRAID OF DEATH.

What would you consider a success? If the patient lives for hours, days, or years?
If he lives as long as an organ transplant patient. Hours or days would not be a success, yet a substantially longer period would be.

What was the decisive factor behind the decision to perform the world’s first head transplant in China?
The conditions in China are ideal to make the operation a success. There were a number of options on the table, but with Harbin, we chose the best.

You know the hospital?
Of course. Harbin University even named me professor honoris causa. China will provide the hospital and the personnel Xiaoping Ren will lead the team on site; I will assist, and the first patient will be Chinese. By becoming the first country to transplant a human head, China will prove that it has a leading position in medicine. China will win the Nobel Prize. The country has already secured its status in science and technology and will now claim the status of being a super power in medicine as well.

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