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‘Think of it as a science experiment’: the world’s first human cyborg

Dr Scott-Morgan is on an inspiring mission to control his disease, the same condition that killed Stephen Hawking

Ellie Zolfagharifard

Dr Peter Scott-Morgan stands, wide-eyed and tearful. “Good. Grief,” he says quietly. “I was unprepared for the emotion ... It’s quite extraordinary. It really is.”

Using an exoskeleton, Scott-Morgan is experiencing what it is like to stand for the first time in months after being diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2017, the same incurable condition that killed scientist Stephen Hawking. The remarkable step, however, is just the first in the 62-year-old’s bold journey to control his disease by becoming the world’s first, fully fledged cyborg.

“Think of it as a science experiment,” he laughs. “This is cyborg territory, and I intend to be a human guinea pig to see just how far we can turn science fiction into reality.”..

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