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World's First Head Transplant (well…sort of)


There's been a circulating article on social media saying that there's been a successful head transplant.

The article said that a 36-year-old man has undergone the world’s first successful head transplant. The ground-breaking operation took a team of surgeons nineteen hours to complete and has allowed the patient to be cancer-free.

Paul Horner, who was diagnosed with bone cancer five years ago, was on the verge of death when he was approved for the controversial and possibly deadly operation.

The operation was led by Professor Myron Danus and took place on February 10th of this year.

“Our goal is for Horner to be fully functional in two years and so far we are very pleased by his rapid recovery,” said Danus. “Before the operation, Horner’s body was riddled with cancer and he had less than a month to live. We were fortunate enough to find a donor body; a 21-year-old man who has been brain dead from a serious car accident that happened in 2012. The boys body worked just fine, but his brain was not functioning whatsoever, and there was absolutely no chance of recovery.” Danus continued, “We received approval from the young man’s parents to use their sons body to do the operation. They were extremely happy their son could save a life even in the vegetated state that he was in.”

You can view the full article here

BUT after searching the web for more information we cannot find any more details about the operation above and mentioned doctors that did the operation. There was an article/video that says this head transplant is possible but not until 2017. And then we saw an article about a penis transplant in CNN. You can easily see the similarities from the CNN article to the head transplant article which suggests that the original CNN penis transplant article was used to create this fake head transplant article.

Edit: More info about this hoax can be found here: http://www.businessinsider.com/head-transplant-hoax-2015-4

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