104 year old Australian Scientist David Goodall ends his Life


The scientist who campaigned for the legalisation of assisted dying in his home country ended his life in a clinic in Switzerland.

Drake said that advocates for assisted suicide "either discount those concerns or frankly they don't care, they figure the people who might be hurt by this won't be them, and I think that's what it boils down to".

Philipp Nitschke, director of Exit International, said Goodall was declared dead at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Goodall, who pushed for legalization of assisted dying in Australia, received more than $20,000 in donations from the public to fund his trip to the clinic in Switzerland. He said he did not want a last dinner, since difficulty with digestion had caused him to lose interest in food. "But I have to do that in order to get the opportunity of suicide which the Australian system does not permit". "I just wish Australia offered me this possibility. I was a bit sorry to say goodbye to my family in Bordeaux but that's the way it was".

Goodall was the first member.

At 102, he successfully challenged a demand that he give up his office at Edith Cowan University in Perth.

Goodall took his life with an intravenous drip of pentobarbital, a chemical often used as an anesthetic but which is lethal in excessive doses.

In 2017, Professor Goodall received a gift from President Gast: a newly bound copy of the PhD thesis he submitted 75 years earlier, entitled "Studies in the Assimilation of the Tomato Plant". While on the floor, he noticed that he wasn't able to stand up, and when he called out for help, nobody could hear him.

He was rushed to hospital and despite only suffering from "one or two minor wounds" Dr Goodall was advised not to do certain things alone, like ride the bus or cross the street.

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

"But I was considered incapable of looking after myself".

Most of his friends are deceased and combined with his inability to work, the respected academic began to feel it was time to decide on how he wanted to end his life. "But I did my best".

"He wants to die and he wants to die on his own terms".

AMA president Michael Gannon described laws that allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide as "dangerous".

The man arrived at euthanasia from Australia.

The legislation was passed after a heated three-day debate in parliament that ended with politicians making the scheme available only to terminally ill Victorians with less than six months to live.

"I no longer want to continue life", David Goodall told dozens of journalists who had crammed into a small room at a hotel in the northern Swiss city of Basel on Wednesday, The Local reported. Switzerland is the only country that offers these services to foreigners.