The oldest scientist in Australia has taken the tough decision to fly to Switzerland and end his life. David Goodall, aged 104, is an avid supporter of assisted dying. Although he is not ill, his quality of life is no longer the same at such an advanced age. Since he couldn’t do it in Australia, the man said his final goodbyes to his family and got on a plane to an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland.
Goodall is currently the oldest scientist in the world
David William Goodall was born on April 4th, 1914, in London. He earned his PhD from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London in 1941. Then, he started teaching botany in 1948 at the University of Melbourne. Throughout time, he received many scientific awards and titles.
Apart from being the oldest scientist in the world, he is the oldest in Australia who is still doing his work. However, life is no longer the same at 104. Since he is a huge supporter of assisted suicide, he decided this was what we wanted.
The man regrets getting so old and supports assisted suicide campaigns
Currently, the assisted suicide law has passed in only one Australian state, Victoria. However, not everyone can do it. The practice will be possible starting June 2019, and it will be available only for people with terminal diseases. Since Goodall is not ill, he does not qualify for it.
Goodall said he greatly regretted reaching such an advanced age. He was not feeling particularly said, but he wasn’t happy either. In fact, getting sad was just what he wanted to avoid. Therefore, he started a GoFundMe campaign where he asked people to help him get to Switzerland and die peacefully. In only ten days, he already received more money than he was aiming to gather.
Although Perth doctors advised Goodall against assisted suicide, his decision is final. Before reaching his final destination, the scientists will land in France. There, he will visit some relatives of his, and then he will be heading towards the clinic.
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