104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Ends Own Life

Making the most of it David Goodall tours the Basel University Botanical Gardens with three of his grandchildren and two of their partners the day before his planned assisted suicide

Switzerland is one of the few countries in the world to allow assisted suicide, and hundreds come to the country every year to do so with groups such as Dignitas and Life Circle, Goodall's choice.

"I greatly regret having reached that age", he said upon reaching his 104th birthday. What is sad is if one is prevented.

Assisted dying is banned in Australia, where the British-born Goodall lived for the last part of his life.

Exit International director Philip Nitschke says "there is a growing generation of older people who are living longer than ever before, who are not ill, and who are demanding end of life choices".

Assisted dying is illegal in Australia. except for one state, Victoria, which in November 2017 voted to legalize euthanasia in some cases.

Exit International, the group that helped David Goodall carry out his wish, said the scientist was declared dead at 12:30 p.m.in Liestal, a town outside the city of Basel, where he had traveled to take advantage of Switzerland's assisted-suicide laws.

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"I no longer want to continue life", he said. "My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide".

In the United States, only six states - California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state - and Washington DC, have death-with-dignity laws for terminally ill patients.

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

University officials later reversed their decision.

Goodall said at a packed news conference on Wednesday that he expected to end his life the next day with some relatives on hand to say goodbye.

"The procedure for dying can be rather unpleasant, however nevertheless, it shouldn't be" he said.

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He had attempted suicide three times, but Australian medical professionals saved him.

"There are many things I would like to do, of course, but it's too late".

What I would like is for other countries to follow Switzerland's lead and make these facilities available to all clients, if they meet the requirements, and the requirements not just of age, but of mental capacity.

"This is taking an bad long time", Goodall reportedly complained about the actual death process.

"I certainly hope my story will increase the pressure for people to have a more liberal view on the subject of voluntary euthanasia", Professor Goodall said.

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