Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Scientist, 104, who 'regrets' his long life dies as Swiss euthanasia clinic

Scientist, 104, who 'regrets' his long life dies as Swiss euthanasia clinic

Philip Nitschke, director of Exit International, said David Goodall was declared dead at 12-30 p.m.in Liestal, a town outside the city of Basel, where he had travelled to take advantage of Switzerland's assisted-suicide laws.

The respected botanist and ecologist went onto keep academic places throughout the Earth, like in britain, the United States and Australia.

Before deciding to end his life in an assisted dying clinic in Switzerland, Dr Goodall reportedly attempted suicide three different times.

Goodall said at a packed news conference on Wednesday that he expected to end his life the next day with some relatives on hand to say goodbye.

"I don't want to go to Switzerland, though it's a nice country", Goodall told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. last week.

Switzerland is one of only two countries, along with Colombia, that allows foreigners to enter the country for assisted suicide. However, his story forces us to confront uncomfortable issues surrounding death and dying and the genuine fear that many ill and elderly people hold as they approach the end of their lives.

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Goodall mentioned he expected that his narrative would contribute into the legalization of assisted dying in different nations. He had been thinking about committing suicide for around the last 20 years of his life.

Goodall's home state Perth is now debating whether to introduce the policy. Since Monday, he's had consultations with doctors, including a psychiatrist, and was visited by the Swiss police. The scientist replied that he hasn't been able to do some of things he enjoys for a while. "What's the use of that?" said the scientist, who appeared to have lost none of his sense of humor on Tuesday, wearing a top inscribed with the words "Aging Disgracefully". "I'm content to leave them undone", he said.

David Goodall died after receiving 15g of Nembutal, a barbiturate, via an injection which he slowly administered to himself.

As requested, Beethoven's Ode to Joy played on an iPad and family members wept as he died minutes after ingesting the lethal cocktail. Some of his grandchildren attended the final appointment with him.

The story of the academic, who is one of the first Australians to undertake the procedure due to old age rather than a terminal illness, attracted global headlines and further inflamed a highly divisive debate.

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