Australian scientist, 104, plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'

104yo David Goodall at home

104yo David Goodall at home

He was speaking alongside Philip Nitschke, the founder of Exit International which helped him make his final journey, and Moritz Gall of Eternal Spirit, the Swiss foundation that has agreed to help him die.

The death occured at 1030 GMT (6:30pm Singapore time) from an infusion of Nembutal, a barbiturate, he said. Switzerland, like many other countries, has not passed legislation legalizing assisted suicide; but under some circumstances, its laws do not forbid it.

Goodall said he does not have a terminal illness and until recent years, he appeared to be in good health.

His death, planned for Thursday, will be by lethal injection, he told reporters.

Goodall was barred from seeking help to end his life in Australia, so he was forced to travel to Switzerland, something he has said he resents.

"At my age, or less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death when the death is at an appropriate time", Prof Goodall said.

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Goodall said he has had a good life, but that in recent years, his health has declined.

A 104-year-old Australia man is ending his life through assisted suicide on Thursday because he simply doesn't want to live anymore. He said he planned to die Thursday, probably around midday, putting an end to a life that, he said, has become increasingly hard to live.

Several US states have a form of physician-assisted suicide, as do a small number of countries including Japan, Belgium and Switzerland. The Netherlands legalised euthanasia in 2002 for patients considered to be suffering unbearable pain with no cure.

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

For years, Australia has banned such practices, but in November, the state of Victoria became the first to pass a euthanasia bill, which, by summer 2019, will allow terminally ill patients to end their lives.

While visibly straining to hear questions, Goodall answered them clearly and in detail after they were repeated with a microphone.

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VideoDavid Goodall is flying to Switzerland where euthanasia is legal.

"I would quite like to be remembered as an instrument of freeing the elderly from the need to pursue their life irrespective", he said. "It's my own choice to end my life tomorrow".

He told reporters he had not given much thought to a last meal and acknowledged he was not without regrets.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony was played in the room at the suicide clinic in Liestal, near Basel, as Dr Goodall took a fatal overdose of a sleeping drug.

"I am glad to have the chance [to die] but would have preferred to have had it in Australia", he said. "I'm content to leave them undone".

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