Remote Antarctica town requires residents to have appendix removed
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A remote town requires all residents to have their appendix removed in order to live there.
Villas Las Estrellas – one of two civilian settlements on icy Antarctica – may seem like a regular stowaway village until you realise what residents have to do to live there.
Located in Chile's Frei base on King George Island, Villas has around 100 inhabitants at max who are predominantly researchers and military personnel.
But in order to live in the remote town, dwellers are required to get their appendix removed, reports The Sun.
Those on long-term contracts have forced entire families to get their appendix out just to join them on the hideaway settlement.
The town consists of a post office, a small school, a supermarket, a bank and other basic facilities.
With the nearest hospital some 625 miles away from the northernmost tip of the island, appendicitis could prove fatal given the condition could turn life-threatening if not immediately treated, which is why residents are asked to have their appendix removed.
All people moving there must undergo a pre-emptive appendectomy to avoid any life or death situations.
Limited healthcare is also why women are also discouraged from getting pregnant during their stay.
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It's not the only sacrifice inhabitants will have to make, with residents required to stay indoors or risk freezing to death as temperatures can drop to below 77C.
Sergio Cubillos, the Chilean commander of the local airforce said this winter people could not leave their home "for weeks".
In summer, temperatures reach a high of just 2C.
Dogs are also banned to stop them from spreading diseases to the local wildlife.
Despite the strict environment, the settlement also boasts of tourist-friendly attractions like its penguins, which are known for being very friendly, while there is also skiing and snowmobile expeditions on offer for visitors.
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