104-YR-OLD FLYS TO SWITZERLAND FOR MEDICALLY-ASSISTED DEATH
May 10, 2018
By Bob Komsic
David Goodall is gone – just the way he wanted it.
(Philipp Jenne / The Associated Press)
The 104-year-old scientist cited a lack of mobility, doctor’s restrictions and an Australian law prohibiting him from taking his own life, but he was not ill.
Shortly before the intravenous drip was turned on, Goodall said his life had been poor the last year or so and that he was happy to end it, and believes medically-assisted death should be more widely available and more accepted as a legitimate choice for elderly who are of sound mind.
Medically-assisted death is legal in Switzerland, where the procedure’s available for anyone who acknowledges in writing that they’re doing so willingly.
Swiss statistics show the number of assisted deaths has grown from just under 300 nine years ago to nearly 1,000 in 2015 — the most recent year available.
Nearly 15% of cases last year were those under 65-years-old.
Medically-assisted death became legal in Canada in June 2016.