BASEL, Switzerland – A 104-year-old Australian scientist who flew to Switzerland this week to die in an euthanasia facility says he has no doubt about his plan on Thursday and hopes that his case the topic of aging and dying will attract attention
"My abilities and eyesight are diminishing and I do not want to live like this anymore," said a sc Guard David Goodall reporters at his last press conference from a wheelchair.
A Sked, if he had any doubt, even fleeting, he said, "Nothing at all."
"I hope something positive will come out of my story and that other countries will adopt a more liberal view of assisted suicide," he said. "I would like to be remembered as an instrument to free the elderly so they can choose their own death."
At the end of the press conference Goodall was asked what he would choose as his last song. He responded by singing from the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in German
Goodall, one of about 200 foreigners who die each year in Switzerland, is not terminally ill, but after his birthday last month, he said that he is motivated to take the last step because his quality of life has deteriorated, especially his lack of mobility
"I am happy to have this opportunity, which I call the Swiss option," he said. "I just wish Australia had that opportunity, but other countries are behind Switzerland."
Goodall, who arrived in Basel on Monday, flew from his home in Perth, Australia, where assisted suicide was banned to Switzerland is legal. He has ordered to die in the Lifecircle Center for Assisted Suicides.
He said Wednesday that he had no pressure from his family to change his mind. "My grandson Daniel will be with me in the last few hours," he said.
Assisted suicide is legal in a handful of countries, including Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands, but only applies to their own residents who have incurable diseases. 19659008] In the US, euthanasia is permitted in Oregon, Vermont, Washington, California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington DC In Montana, a court order is required to resort to this option
Switzerland's right to dying based on the constitutional right of each Person to determine the way of her death is much wider. It does not exclude foreigners and gives patients the opportunity to end their lives if they have psychological or physical problems related to their age.
The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences said this year that the right to die should be extended to those
Dignitas, one of Switzerland's three assisted death groups, told USA TODAY in a statement that Goodall's decision was "the consequence of the absurd Australian law maintained by ignorant politicians who deny people Like Mr. Goodall's access to legal, humane and compassionate options at the end of suffering. "
Ruedi Habegger, co-founder of Eternal Spirit, another group, who had the right to die said Australia's refusal was "a cruelty" "Should be able to die in his bed at home as we can here in Switzerland," he told Swiss media this week.
Goodall, a botanist described by ex-International as his first member, said he had tried to kill himself awkwardly three times – and then finally decided to get professional help. The latest press conference on Wednesday should alert to his desire to end his life in the hope that countries like Australia will change laws to accept assisted suicide.
"His story of the elective, rational suicide of elders is important," said Philip Nitschke, director of Exit International, an organization that bans euthanasia.
On Thursday, a friend will accompany Goodall to the Lifecircle, where he will receive a lethal dose of barbiturates. The deadly cocktail is usually taken, but since Goodall can not swallow, the substance is injected intravenously. Goodall himself will have to open the valve that releases the fluid to comply with Swiss law prohibiting third-party interference in the process.
"The delivery of the drug is being filmed, which is the only reliable proof that the patient performed the application himself and in full awareness," Lifecircle said on his website.
"Falling asleep within minutes, death usually follows within half an hour," the group said.
Some religious groups and others have spoken out against voluntary death. In 2016, a Swiss bishop told Catholic priests that they should stop giving rites to people who seek assisted suicide.
Nobody can benefit financially from assisted suicide, and patients need to be mentally able to make the decision and not be forced by someone else. A Swiss doctor should question Goodall to make sure he is healthy and his wish to die is well thought out.
A study by the University of Zurich said several years ago that most Swiss want autonomy in decisions about the end of their lives. The number of people who have voluntarily joined voluntary death organizations and opted for assisted suicide has risen sharply in recent years.
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