A London-born ecologist and botanist took the decision to end his life because of deteriorating quality of life. David Goodall who was a scientist died at age 104 after choosing to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland, said a right-to-die organization.
Mr. Goodall, who not terminally ill flew from Australia so that he could be assisted in his suicide attempt. This news has attracted the attention of people all over the world.
“Happy to end” Mr. Goodall said shortly before his death.
“My life has been rather poor for the past year or so I’m very happy to end it.” He said while surrounded by several family members.
The scientist died a “peaceful death” at 12:30 (10:30GMT) at Life Cycle Clinic in Basel from an infusion of Nembutal, a barbiturate, said the founder of Exist International Philip Nitschke from the group which helped him in his suicide.
Mr. Goodall stopped back from full-time employment in 1979 but was still involved in his field work. Recent achievement for the scientist included editing a 30-volume book series called Ecosystems of the world and was made a member of the Order of Australia for his scientific work.
At the age of 102 in 2016, he won the battle to keep working on campus at Perth’s Edith Cowan University.
Some of the countries that permit assisted dying for terminally ill patients include US States of Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, California, Colorado and Hawaii and US Capital Washington DC that implemented similar laws for city’s resident in 2017.
In 2016 Canada followed the province of Wuebec in permitting euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2016. Assisted suicide involves suicide with the help of another person; especially suicide of a terminally ill person with the help of a physician while euthanasia is the practice of intentionally and painlessly killing a human being or animal for humane reason especially in order to end great suffering or poor quality of life.
By Sifuma N. Lilian