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Euthanasia was Perth scientist David Goodall's dying wish

Euthanasia was Perth scientist David Goodall's dying wish

A 104-year-old Australian scientist who had campaigned for the legalisation of assisted dying in his home country, ended is life at a Swiss clinic on Thursday.

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.

The Swiss Academy of Medical Science has come out in favor of extending physician-assisted suicide to people living with intolerable pain even if they are not terminally ill, the Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche reported on Sunday.

Goodall did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly and that he wanted to die.

But other reports appear to contradict that and highlighted one of the many problems associated with assisted suicide.

"I no longer want to continue life", Goodall told journalists on Wednesday.

Born in London in 1914, just months before the outbreak of World War I, Goodall and his family moved to Australia when he was a child.

"He wishes to have no funeral, no remembrance service or ceremony", the group said in a statement.

His last words before losing consciousness were "this is taking an awfully long time", Nitschke said, but "he died shortly thereafter".




Nitschke revealed in a Tweet that David Goodall died peacefully in Basel.

According to the Exit International website, Goodall requested that his body be donated to medicine and that his ashes be spread locally.

Life Circle, a small assisted suicide advocacy group based in Basel, provides aid in a minority of cases like his.

Goodall told CNN he would have chosen to have expired when he lost his driver's license in 1998, including that the lack of liberty in 8-4 had been a big moment in his own life span.

Australia has forbidden such practices, though the state of Victoria became the first to pass an euthanasia Bill last November to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives. After an uproar and support from scientists globally, the decision was reversed.

"A peaceful, dignified death is the entitlement of all who want it", it said on its website on Monday.

"That which I would like is to get different states to follow Switzerland's guide and make them facilities available for all clients, should they satisfy certain demands, and also certain requirements perhaps not only of age, but instead of mental capacity".

Goodall said he hoped his story would lead to the legalisation of assisted dying in other countries.