104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Ends Own Life

by Antonio Miles May 11, 2018, 4:04
104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Ends Own Life

The incident sparked worldwide discussion about the treatment of elderly workers, and the university subsequently reversed its decision.

He could not end his life in Australia, where assisted suicide is not legal, so took a one-way ticket from Perth to France last week to see relatives before arriving in Switzerland, where it is permitted. He wasn't legally permitted to end his life in Australia, where euthanasia is prohibited.

He said he felt a sense of pressure given the media attention on his end-of-life journey to Switzerland.

"My recent life has not been enjoyable", he said.

"I'm glad to have the prospect [to die] however would have most well-liked to have had it in Australia", he stated.

"It would have been much more convenient for everyone if I had been able to, but unfortunately it failed", he said of the suicide attempt.

"David Goodall is exactly the sort of member that Exit is made of and is proud of", Nitschke said.

I'm content to leave them undone.

"I don't feel that anyone else's choice is involved", he said.

On Wednesday, he said: One should be free to choose the death, when death is at an appropriate time.

Yesterday, while wearing a jumper with the words "Aging Disgracefully", he told a packed news conference: 'There are many things I would like to do, but it's too late.

Yet, amidst all the exuberance in the room, an old white-haired man with a heavily wrinkled face sat oddly on a wheelchair in the corner, gazing around the room, uncomfortably and visibly impatient for the charade to end.

"I have been surprised that there has been such wide interest in my case."

Beethoven's Ode to Joy 9th Symphony was played to Goodall before he died after a last meal of fish and chips and cheesecake.

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Swiss law, however, allows anyone of sound mind who has consistently expressed a wish to die to request AVD.

Medical personnel then administered a fatal dose of Nembutal.

"In some ways it's a form of elder abuse."

He says people should be able to choose for themselves how and when they exit this world.

"This is an eminent and proud Australian".

"He wants to die and he wants to die on his own terms". Having first performed Shakespeare in 1926 at age 12, he continued to tread the boards regularly during his life and became an active member of Perth based poetry performance group, Well Versed, at age 98.

"I think that's a risky line to cross".

"I would have preferred to have (ended) it in Australia, and I greatly regret that Australia is behind Switzerland" when it comes to right-to-die laws, he said.

"We must be very careful with life", she said.

Staff at the clinic in Switzerland told Sky News that Dr Goodall had "gone in peace".

"He has always felt that there is no point in being in this world - or surviving - if you can't make a difference, if you can't contribute to society". The fact that he is doing this so publicly shows how courageous he is.

The respected botanist and ecologist went onto keep academic places throughout the Earth, like in britain, the United States and Australia.

"That's what I would like other people to remember him as".

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