Experts in the medical community said that a procedure like this would not be allowed in either the United States or Europe.
While it's being called a head transplant, it's technically a body transplant, where the recipient with a functioning brain will have his head transplanted to a donor's body who has been declared brain dead, USA Today reported.
Doctors will fuse the spinal cord and attach blood vessels and muscles then the patient will be kept in a coma for a month as the person heals, Newsweek reported. If it is successful, the patient could walk again, Canavero claims.
Many in the medical community said that not only is it doubtful the procedure will be successful, there also are ethical questions, saying that whoever undergoes the procedure will be in incredible pain, and not able to breathe or control their own heart rate, Newsweek reported.
Canavero cites studies on animals to support his plan, but other doctors say that, 'You're not going to jump from rodent to human" and that Canavero's plan is "criminal," Newsweek reported.