104-Year-Old David Goodall Will End His Life After Sharing This Powerful Message About Voluntary Euthanasia
He hopes his case will encourage Australians to take a more liberal approach to voluntary euthanasia.
What you need to know
- Dr David Goodall will die via voluntary euthanasia on Thursday
- The Australian scientist says he is "happy" to die
- He hopes his case will encourage Australians to accept assisted-dying
- He has travelled to Switzerland to have the procedure done
Dr David Goodall will die on Thursday and he hopes his legacy will inspire a greater acceptance of voluntary euthanasia around the world.
The 104-year-old Australian scientist and academic believes he has simply lived too long and looks forward to ending his life by his own choosing.
"I certainly hope my story will increase the pressure for people to have more liberal view on the subject. I think there probably will be a step in the right direction," Goodall said at a press conference on Wednesday.
"At my age, or less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death when the death is an appropriate time."
Goodall travelled from Perth to the Swiss city of Basel, where he will have the procedure done at the Life Circle clinic. In most countries, including Australia, euthanasia is illegal, so Goodall had to travel to Switzerland to end his own life.
He said he was surprised at the international interest in his case.
"I'm rather surprised at the wide interest in my case. I am very appreciative of the hospitality of the Swiss Federation," he said.
Wearing a jumper that had the words 'ageing disgracefully' embroidered onto it, Goodall explained the deterioration of his condition and how this led to his decision to end his own life.
"My abilities have been declining over the past year or two and my eyesight over the past six years and I no longer want to continue life," he said.
While he has no particular song chosen to play as he takes his final breaths, Goodall said it would have been Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
David Goodall will die on Thursday surrounded by a small number of family members.
The exact time of his death is yet to be confirmed.