104-Year-Old Scientist Dies In Assisted Suicide
An Australian scientist has decided that he no longer wants to live after 104 years.
David Goodall told dozens of journalists who had gathered together into a small room at a hotel in the northern Swiss city of Basel on Wednesday, that he did not want to live anymore.
“I no longer want to continue life,” he said. “I am happy to have the chance tomorrow to end it, and I appreciate the help of the medical profession here in making that possible,” he said.
Goodall, a respected botanist and ecologist, died Thursday at the Life Circle clinic in Basel, Switzerland, after administering a lethal drug under the guidance of doctors. Exit International, which represented the scientist, said Goodall passed away while listening to Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”
During his last press conference Wednesday, he explained his reasons for his big decision.
“At my age, and even at rather less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death and when the death is the appropriate time.
He further explained, “My abilities have been declining over the past year or two, and my eyesight for the past five or six years, and I no longer want to continue life.”
The number of assisted suicides has been growing fast, according to the Swiss federal statistics office. Nine years ago, there were 297. By 2015, the most recent year tabulated, the figure had more than tripled to 965, Independent UK reports.
Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland but is criticised by many people including a large number of doctors who say it should be reserved for people who are terminally ill.
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Source: Independent UK