All residents need to remove their appendix in order to live in a distant town – and this is why it is so important.
Villas Los Estrellas – one of the two civilized settlements in the icy Antarctica – may look like your usual Stowaway village until you know what residents have to do to live there.
Located on the Chilean Free Base on King George Island, the villas have about 100 residents, primarily researchers and military personnel.
But to live in a remote town, residents have to remove their appendix, according to the BBC.
Those with long-term obligations have forced entire families to pull out their appendix.
The town has a post office, small school, bank and other basic amenities.
With a nearby hospital located about 625 miles from the northern end of the island, appendicitis can be fatal, and if not treated immediately, the condition can be fatal, which is why residents are asked to remove their appendix, according to the Mirror.
Limited health coverage also prevents people from getting pregnant during their stay.
This is not the only sacrifice the inhabitants make.
In winter, residents have to stay indoors or the temps can drop below 77C.
Sergio Cubillos, the Chilean commander of the local Air Force, said that people cannot leave their homes for “weeks” this winter.
In summer, temperatures can exceed 2C.
Dogs are also banned to prevent the spread of diseases to native wildlife.
Despite the harsh environment, the colony has tourist-friendly attractions like its penguins, which are known for being very friendly.
Visitors can enjoy ski and snowmobile expeditions and the Internet – although it is reserved for the school’s three computers.