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TEARS FOR PETER Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan dead: British scientist who became world’s first full ‘cyborg’ dies aged 64 after MND battle

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A British scientist who became the world’s first full-fledged ‘cyborg’ has died.

The pioneering Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan died at the age of 64 after a five-year battle with motor neuron disease (MND).

His spokesman confirmed his death on Twitter, saying: “To Peter’s amazing rebel supporters: It is with my heart that I let you all know that Peter passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and close ones.

“He was incredibly proud of all of you who supported him and his vision to change the way people view disability.”

The author, from Torquay, Devon, was diagnosed with MND in 2017 and had just two years to live.

But he was keen to push the boundaries of science, so he set out to extend his life by becoming fully robotic.

He underwent a series of complex surgeries, including the “reinstallation” of his stomach with a feeding tube and a colostomy bag for his intestines.

He also had a laryngectomy to separate his esophagus and trachea to reduce the risk of fatal pneumonia, meaning he would never speak again.

Before he went under the knife, however, Peter recorded tens of thousands of words and phrases that he could then trigger with his eyes.

He also underwent eye laser surgery to improve his vision to 70cm – the distance from his face to his computer screen.

And he developed a lifelike avatar of his face designed to respond with artificially intelligent body language.

Peter later stated that he had fully completed his transition to becoming the world’s first full cyborg – dubbed Peter 2.0.

He also starred in the Channel 4 documentary Peter: The Human Cyborg, where he burst into tears the first time he heard his future robotic voice.

Holly Willoughby was also almost in tears when Peter appeared on This Morning in 2021 to talk about his “hopes and dreams”.

He told the TV presenter: “Our mission is to completely rewrite the future of disability.

“As a human cyborg in transition, my overall quality of life is exceptional.

“I have love, I have fun, I have hope, I have dreams, I have purpose.”

Tributes have been poured in for the disability activist who died from the same disease that killed Stephen Hawking.

Jan Warren, Vice Chairman of the Trustee of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, said: “It is so incredibly sad to hear of the passing of a dear friend and MND warrior, Peter Scott Morgan.

“His enthusiasm and zest for life was so impressive and he really taught the world that you can thrive with MND.

“My love to Francis and all family from a true admirer.”

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