Finally, Australian scientist takes own life with joy

11 May, 2018, 04:27 | Author: Bert Pena
  • 104yo David Goodall at home

Goodall died at a clinic in Switzerland while listening to the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, a melody known to music lovers around the world as "Ode to Joy". "I am happy to have the chance tomorrow to end it", he said. What is sad is if one is prevented.

Switzerland is one of only two countries, along with Colombia, that allows foreigners to enter the country for assisted suicide.

The ecologist and botanist died "peacefully" at 12:30 local time in Basel, from an infusion of Nembutal, a barbiturate, said Exit International, the group which helped him take his own life.

Euthanasia is illegal in Australia, though the state of Victoria is planning to allow assisted dying from mid-2019.

Goodall's decision has reignited a global debate on assisted suicide, with experts warning that this might set a precedent for those not sick to end their lives.

"Up to the age of 90 I was enjoying life, but not now", he said.

Generally, the assisted suicide laws provide that mentally competent, terminally ill adults can request a prescription medication from their cooperating physician that would hasten their death, according to the website Death with Dignity.

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According to CNN, Goodall told reporters on Tuesday that his failing mobility and eyesight were a burden to live with and disclosed that his life stopped being enjoyable "five or 10 years ago". "My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide". He wasn't terminally ill at the time of his death. At first Goodall fell asleep and then he died.

"But I was considered incapable of looking after myself".

The story adds, "Mr. Goodall said, 'I've had a good life.' He was not afraid of death but acknowledged that he previously tried to end his life in Australia".

"The procedure for dying can be rather unpleasant, however nevertheless, it shouldn't be" he said.

However, the Australian Medical Association's president, Dr Michael Gannon, says he was concerned that the "suicide of someone who's aged 100" was being celebrated.

However, the professor said that he hoped the large mediatization of his case would lead to the legalization of assisted dying in other countries. "The message I would like to send is: Once one passes the age of 50 or 60, one should be free to decide for oneself, whether one wants to go on living or not".

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