Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

104-year-old scientist ends his life in Switzerland

104-year-old scientist ends his life in Switzerland

The Australian scientist traveled to Switzerland to end his life, by committing assisted suicide on Thursday.

After becoming wheelchair bound, Mr Goodall said his quality of life had worsened due to his lack of mobility, prompting him to end his life.

Exit International, which represented the scientist, said Goodall passed away while listening to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".

But that legislation, which takes effect in June 2019, only applies to terminally ill patients of sound mind and a life expectancy of less than six months.

Before losing consciousness, his last words were "this is taking a long time", according to Exit International's Dr Philip Nitschke, who added that he died shortly thereafter.

According to the Exit International website, Goodall requested that his body be donated to medicine and that his ashes be spread locally.

This is the first time a relatively healthy person has made a decision to pursue euthanasia, as most who choose to do so suffer from terminal illnesses.

Assisted dying is illegal in Australia. except for in the state of Victoria, which in November 2017 voted to legalize euthanasia in some cases.

"I do hope the law in all countries will change, so the fights of very fearless people like David Goodall. will be successful and no-one will have to travel to Switzerland any more for a peaceful self-determined death", Preisig said. Ethicists at a leading Swiss medical association oppose assisted suicide for anyone besides people with terminal illnesses.

The centenarian has already bid goodbye to members of the family in Australia and France. "It's very good that they shall be here to see me off".

"That's what I would like other people to remember him as".

Basel City Councilwoman Annemarie Pfeifer, a leading critic of Life Circle, fears that widening assisted suicide beyond the terminally ill could one day lead to "pressure" being exerted on the infirm elderly to end their lives.

Goodall, while he was alive, had said: "What I would like is for other countries to follow Switzerland's lead and make these facilities available to all clients, if they meet the requirements, and the requirements not just of age, but of mental capacity".

The journey of 104-year-old Professor David Goodall to end his life in a Swiss clinic has resonated around the world.

"I certainly hope my story will increase the pressure for people to have more a liberal view on the subject (of voluntary euthanasia)", he said.

"There are many things I would like to do, I suppose, but it's too late".

"At my age, and even at reasonably lower than my age, one needs to be free to decide on the loss of life and when the loss of life is the suitable time", Goodall stated.

Like this: