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Polar bear attack leader Spike Reid has third operation

Polar bear attack victim Mike Reid
Image caption Mike Reid praised doctors in one of his Twitter postings

The man who killed a polar bear which attacked a group of students on an expedition in Norway is having a third operation to treat his injuries.

Group leader Michael "Spike" Reid, 29, of Plymouth, was one of five people mauled by the animal in Svalbard on 5 August. One teenager was killed.

Before his surgery, Mr Reid tweeted: "Another day, another operation. Please cross your fingers for me."

The latest procedure is taking place at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.

In a previous Twitter post, Mr Reid said: "At the mo I can't breathe, eat or talk thru my mouth.

"I'm off 4 my big op now. Want my broken jaw, fractured skull & eyesocket damage fixed."

The attack on the campsite, near the Von Post glacier, about 25 miles (40km) from Longyearbyen, took place early in the morning on 5 August.

Horatio Chapple, 17, from Wiltshire, a student at Eton, was killed during the attack.

The trip for 80 people was organised by the British Schools Exploring Society, a youth development charity based in London.

Polar bears are the largest land carnivores, reaching up to 8ft (2.5m) and weighing 800kg (125 stone).

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