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Antarctic village requires appendix removal


Posted on Saturday, 15 September, 2018 | Comment icon 4 comments

Villas Las Estrellas is as close as you'll get to living on Mars. Image Credit: Chikomario
If you ever want to live in Villas Las Estrellas, it is compulsory to have your appendix removed.
The remote Chilean settlement, which is situated on King George Island, is particularly unusual in that it is one of only a very small number of places in Antarctica where people live for long periods of time.

Its population of up to 100 people is mostly made up of scientists and servicemen and their families.

Perhaps the most unusual thing of all about the village however is the requirement that anyone planning to stay there long-term must have their appendix removed beforehand.

The reason for this is because the nearest major hospital is over 625 miles away and it would be a major problem if someone were to develop appendicitis and require an emergency evacuation.

While there are a few doctors, none are qualified to perform complex surgical procedures.

Given the rather brutal requirements for residency, it's rather a wonder that there are any at all.


Source: BBC Future | Comments (4)

Tags: Villas Las Estrellas

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seanjo on 15 September, 2018, 17:47
Seems a sensible precaution.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 16 September, 2018, 3:27
I don't consider that a "brutal" requirement.
Comment icon #3 Posted by fred_mc on 16 September, 2018, 6:09
Well, there are a lot of other medical conditions you could get as well, which would require immediate surgery to survive, so it seems to be a quite dangerous place to be in even if you don't have an appendix.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AnchorSteam on 16 September, 2018, 18:55
I had my wisdom teeth out before I went to sea for six months. Two weeks in, some other guy came down with the appendix thing. They packed him in ice for over a day while the ship cruised at top speed for about 30 hours to get into Helicopter range of Hawaii. Its always gonna be something...


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