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Scientist Welcomed Death

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Fri, 11 May 2018 10:42 GMT

David Goodall, the 104-year-old scientist who campaigned for the right to assisted suicide, had his wish granted on 10 May. Swiss doctors placed an intravenous line connected to a syringe filled with sodium pentobarbital in his body. Goodall administered the drug to himself.

Goodall, in an interview with CNN, said he was “resentful” about the fact that he had to travel to another country to die instead of being able to do so in Australia, surrounded by his family and friends.The acclaimed scientist said he was not enjoying life anymore and that his quality of life had deteriorated in recent years. Most notably, he said, his daily routine was confined to having breakfast in the morning and then “just sitting”.

Switzerland is one of the few countries in the world that allow people to have assisted suicide and he had his wish granted at the LifeCircle clinic in Basel. Goodall said he was not afraid of death but instead that he would welcome it when it came. "The process of dying can be rather unpleasant, but it need not be -- and I hope it won't be for me," he said.

Exit International founder Philip Nitschke told CNN earlier in May that the option of travelling to Switzerland for medically assisted suicide was open to anyone, provided they had sound reason and fulfilled certain criteria. Goodall added that he was happy his final few days had been used for interviews and that he was able to bring the subject of euthanasia to light.

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