Centennial Scientist Chooses Euthansia

Abraham Zamora, Staff Writer

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Through the Swiss company, Exit International, a 104 year-old Australian scientist went through the process of assisted suicide, or euthanasia. He went through legal battles to fight for his “right-to-die”, and found the company in Switzerland. Euthanasia is legal there and has become a center of mass for elder, frail people who feel their quality of life has diminished. It is a very controversial topic within many medical groups, and its critics look harshly upon it.

David Goodall, the Australian who made headlines with his controversial case, died at 12;30 p.m. Thursday, and was said to be listening to Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The process includes injecting an excessive amount of anesthesia into the veins, as he could not ingest it normally, and will eventually make the patient lose consciousness permanently. Goodall was simply tired of not being mobile and frail and was not actually ill, but was made to answer questions many times before and after the process to make sure he knew what he was doing. It is said he commented on how long the process took, but soon lost consciousness shortly afterward.

Many people are conflicted in this debate, but the elders at the center of this controversy believe they should be able to die on their own terms, instead of suffering or potentially having to suffer before they passed. It is a way of choosing your own fate in your own last moments of life, in a humane way.