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The 104-year-old Australian breaks into a happy song as he awaits death



A 104-year-old Australian scientist broke into a song on Wednesday when he told a room full of journalists that he was looking forward to finally ending his life.

David Goodall has no fatal disease, but says his The quality of life has deteriorated significantly in recent years and he wants to die

"I do not want to go on living," said Goodall to the dozens of journalists and television crews who attended in a small room in a hotel in the (19659004) "I am pleased to have the chance to finish tomorrow, and I appreciate the help of the medical profession here to make this possible," he said.

When asked whether he chose a music in his last moments, he said he had not thought about it.

– Ode to Joy –

"But if I had to choose something, I think that it would be the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony," he said before he wrote a verse from the Ode to the joy, in German, to loud applause.

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

"I. I preferred (ended) it in Australia, and I am very sorry that Australia is behind Switzerland "when it comes to dying," he said.

The 104-year-old said he hopes for the future widespread interest in his case would cause Australia and other countries to reconsider their legislation.

– An Instrument for Change? –

"I would like to be an instrument of freeing older people from the need to make their lives independent to live, to remember, "he said.

Perth Edmund Cowan University Volunteer left Australia for a week and stopped in Bordeaux, France, to see family before arriving in Basel on Monday

He spoke with Philip Nitschke, the founder of Exit International, who helped him on his last trip, and Moritz Gall of Eternal Spirit, the Swiss foundation that has agreed to help him dying.

Goodall quickly secured an appointment with the foundation after attempting to commit suicide earlier this year.

"It would have been much more convenient for everyone if I could have, but unfortunately failed," he said about the suicide attempt.

But he said he was happy that he had been offered the "Swiss Option" since he could see most of him big family, the sprea is spread across several countries, until his last day.

Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries and banned in Australia until the state of Victoria first legalized the practice last year.

But this legislation, which enters into force in June 2019, only applies to terminally ill patients with sound minds and a life expectancy of less than six months

According to Swiss law meanwhile everyone who is healthy and has a longer period of time Consistent desire to end their lives may call for Assisted Voluntary Death (AVD).

Eternal Spirit, one of several foundations in Switzerland to help people who want to end their lives, said Wednesday that Goodall has received two medical treatments visits to various doctors since arriving in the city.

– No hesitation –

"Tonight, the Board of the Foundation will study the documents and also assess the desire to die at David Goodall," said Eternal Spirit Director Erika Preisig In an e-mail he wrote the answer would probably be yes.

But Gall told reporters that Goodall had the option to retire until the last minute if he changed his mind.

Hesitating or doubting, the 104-year-old said, "No. None of this."

Assisted dying requires the person to be physically able to perform the final act on their own.

Most Swiss foundations ask patients to drink sodium pentobarbital, an effective sedative that works in high enough doses. Heart muscle should stop beating

Eternal Spirit has become alkaline instead, as it is alkaline and burns a little when ingested opted for intravenous infusions.

A specialist prepares the needle, but it is up to the patient to open the valve, which allows the short-acting barbiturate to mix with saline solution and flow into its vein.

Goodall said he expects his death to take place around noon on Thursday.

Exit International and Eternal Spirit are committed to introducing systems that are similar to those of Switzerland, allowing people to die "with dignity".

"This is a human right to make the decision of a reasonable adult to take that step," Nitsc hke said

Australian scientist David Goodall, 104, has no fatal disease, but says his quality of life had worsened and he wanted to die


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