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Tributes are pouring in for a pioneering British scientist who became the world's first full 'cyborg' .
Dr Peter Scott-Morgan's family have revealed the he has died at the age of 64.
The scientist had decided to fight motor neurone disease after he was diagnosed in 2017. Most people with the disease do not survive for more than a few years after diagnosis
Scott-Morgan said he wanted to push the boundaries of what science can achieve so decided to extend his life and become fully robotic.
His family confirmed the news of his passing on his Twitter account this morning.
"To Peter's amazing rebel supporters: With a broken heart, I'm letting you all know that Peter passed peacefully surrounded by his family, and those closest to him,' they wrote.
Scott-Morgan defiantly said of his fight against the disease: "Thanks to pioneering research, I'm transitioning to become an alternative version of my old self. This is a renaissance. A rebirth.
"I'm not so much disabled (although I'm fiercely proud to be called that) as trans-abled. I'm absolutely not 'handicapped'.
"For instance," he explains, "I can eat and drink while I'm asleep. I never need to get up in the night to have a pee. Indeed I haven't gone to the loo for years.
'But I'm hydrated 24/7. I can breathe perfectly well with a wet flannel pressed over my mouth and nose. The common cold can't take hold and can never spread to my chest. And I can talk clearly with my mouth shut in potentially any language".
Challenging the diagnosis of doctors who told him in 2017 that he only had a year or two to live he added: "I'm not just surviving… I'm thriving!"
Human-computer interface connected through patients' veins in 'cyborg' first
Scott-Morgan underwent surgery to insert a nasogastric tube directly into his stomach – allowing food to bypass his throat entirely.
A catheter was also fitted within his bladder to empty his urine along with a colostomy that dealt with the rest of his waste.
Scott-Morgan's husband Francis told the Daily Mail that he had been trained to maintain the equipment that was replacing his throat and bladder, adding that he was "not fazed at all" by the technology.
Alongside the improvements Scott-Morgan made to his failing body he also created a remarkably life-like digital avatar of his face before he lost the use of his facial muscles.
The avatar was designed to respond using artificially intelligent body language and he also researched eye-tracking technology to enable him to control multiple computers using only his eyes.
In October 2021 he wrote on social media that he was trading his voice for “potentially decades of life.” The operation removed his voice box an implanted new mechanical "lungs" instead.
"My mini-ventilator keeping me breathing is a LOT quieter than Darth Vader’s," he joked.
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