THE inventor of a controversial suicide pod says he was “pretty drawn to the idea” and would consider using it on himself.
“Dr. Death” – real name Dr. Philip Nitschke – made headlines last year after claiming his Sarco capsule could be used in Switzerland from 2022, allowing the seriously ill to take their own life at the touch of a button.
The coffin-like capsule is filled with nitrogen, which rapidly drops oxygen from 21 percent to just 1 percent in about 30 seconds.
Speaking to The Sun, Dr. Nitschke he would consider ending his own life in the pod one day should he develop a serious life-debilitating illness.
“I have access to certain drugs, but I’m quite drawn to the idea,” he said.
“Death itself is a very peaceful, almost euphoric, exhilarating moment before you lose consciousness, so by death standards it’s pretty good I suppose.
“So yeah, I like this idea of having an occasion, a day when you die.
“You pick the day, you set it up, you decide who’s there, who you want to say goodbye to, and then you get in like you’re going somewhere because it even gives the impression of a motorhome even though it’s nowhere leads.
“It at least gives the impression that you’re leaving, you’re waving goodbye, people are behind you, and at that point you’re leaving this planet.”
The latest model should be ready in a few weeks and could be used in Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal, by mid-year.
Both assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal in the UK.
dr Nitschke – who runs the pro-right-to-die organization Exit International – said he’s had interest from many people with terminal illnesses, though some have died waiting.
“We want to make sure it’s not a controversial first death, so probably someone who is quite ill – although under Swiss law you don’t have to be ill to get euthanasia.” he explained.
“Because there’s going to be so much controversy surrounding the use of gas, we’re going to need someone who is very clear that they like this idea and that they’re going to move on and end their life one way or another.”
However, some oppose the device — even those for euthanasia.
said Dignitas BBC last year “wouldn’t have guessed that a technological capsule for a self-determined end of life would meet with great acceptance or interest in Switzerland”.
For anyone struggling to cope, call Samaritans toll-free on 116 123 or contact other sources of support such as: NHS Help for Suicidal Thoughts website.
You’re not alone
A life is lost to suicide in the UK EVERY 90 minutes.
It does not discriminate and touches the lives of people in all sectors of society – from the homeless and unemployed to construction workers and doctors, to reality stars and footballers.
It is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car accidents.
And men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.
Yet it’s rarely talked about, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage if we don’t all stop now and take notice.
That’s why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The goal is that we can all do our part to save lives by providing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it and to listen to others… You’re not alone.
If you or someone you know needs help coping with mental health issues, the following organizations offer support:
- QUIET, www.thecalmzone.net0800 585 858
- heads together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Ghost, www.mind.org.uk0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org0800 068 41 41
- Samaritan, www.samaritaner.org116 123
- Relocation, www.uk.movember.com
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