David Goodall,104, takes final journey at Swiss assisted-suicide clinic

BASEL, Switzerland — More than 8,600 miles from home, David Goodall, a 104-year-old Australian scientist, took his final journey Thursday by his own hand, at a time — now — and place — an assisted-suicide clinic — of his own choosing.

With his grandson Daniel and a longtime nurse, Carol O’Neil, at his side, the renowned botanist and ecologist from Perth, Australia, entered the Lifecircle assisted-suicide center in Switzerland and began the final stage of the process by receiving a fatal dose of barbiturates. 

The lethal cocktail is normally ingested, but since Goodall couldn’t swallow, the substance was injected intravenously.

He died shortly after 12:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET) while listening to Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th symphony, according to the clinic.

Under Swiss law, Goodall was required to complete the final process himself, without any assistance from a third party, by opening a valve that releases the fatal liquid. The process was filmed to confirm that the final act was his alone.

In addition, by law, no one can financially benefit from an assisted suicide, and patients must be mentally capable of making the decision and not be

Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/05/10/david-goodall-australian-ends-life-swiss-assisted-suicide-clinic/594963002/

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