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Australian Scientist Dr David Goodall Ends His Life Aged 104

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posted on May, 10 2018 @ 09:59 AM
Dr David Goodall wasn't terminally ill but at the age of 104 he felt the quality of his life had deteriorated to a point where he didn't want to continue living , the London-born ecologist and botanist decided in the face of his deteriorating mobility and eyesight that he had had enough and wanted to end his life but was forced to fly to Switzerland from Australia for his wish to be carried out .

The academic died "peacefully" at 12:30 (10:30 GMT) at the Life Cycle clinic in Basel, from an infusion of Nembutal, a barbiturate, said Philip Nitschke, founder of Exit International, the group which helped him take his own life.
In his final minutes he was played Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th symphony. Mr Goodall's last meal was his favourite - fish and chips and cheesecake.

Mr Goodall had lived on his own in a small flat in Perth, Western Australia, until only a few weeks before his trip to Switzerland. He stepped back from full-time employment in 1979, but remained heavily involved in his field of work.

Among his achievements in recent years, Mr Goodall edited a 30-volume book series called Ecosystems of the World and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his scientific work.
In 2016, aged 102, he won a battle to keep working on campus at Perth's Edith Cowan University, where he was an unpaid honorary research associate.
Mr Goodall said he resented having to leave Australia to end his life. Assisted dying is legal in only one state, but eligibility requires a person to be terminally ill.

Meanwhile, Switzerland has allowed assisted suicide since 1942.

Mr Goodall arrived in Basel on Monday after visiting relatives in France, and spent his final full day exploring the Basel University botanic gardens with three of his grandchildren.

Rest in Peace Dr Goodall.

posted on May, 10 2018 @ 11:09 AM
It´s important to point out that you need to be able to take the pill (or whatever they give you) yourself.

There has been a very saddening case of an old man in Germany who was in pain constantly. He decided to travel to switzerland but when he was there he was too weak to take the fluid himself, so he had to go home again.

He died a few weeks later. His name was Gernot Fahl, may he rest in peace.

posted on May, 10 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Among his achievements in recent years, Mr Goodall edited a 30-volume book series called Ecosystems of the World and

Those cost up to $300 per volume.

posted on May, 10 2018 @ 12:10 PM
RIP Mr. Goodall. When one loses their quality of life and has lived as long as this Gentleman, I think he should have the right to choose and leave this world.

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