'This is taking a long time': David Goodall's last words revealed

'This is taking a long time': David Goodall's last words revealed

'This is taking a long time': David Goodall's last words revealed

Australia's oldest scientist David Goodall showed humour and a twinge of impatience before he died in Switzerland from assisted suicide, uttering the last words: "This is taking a long time".

David Goodall, who had been barred from seeking help to end his life in his home country, did not have a terminal illness but said his quality of life had deteriorated significantly and that he wanted to die.

Several family members were with Goodall until his death, which was preceded by formal paperwork that visibly frustrated Goodall, who said "What are we waiting for?"

Dr Goodall had arrived at the clinic just before 11am on Thursday morning and enjoyed a final meal of fish and chips and cheesecake, which was his favourite.

Born in London in April 1914, the reputed scientist elected to end his own life at the age of 104 and traveled to the Swiss clinic earlier this week to prepare for his final moments.

"I would have preferred to have (ended) it in Australia, and I greatly regret that Australia is behind Switzerland" when it comes to right-to-die laws, he said.

"My abilities have been declining over the past year or two, and my eyesight for the past five or six years, and I no longer want to continue life", Goodall said in Basel.

Goodall said at a packed news conference on Wednesday that he expected to end his life the next day with some relatives on hand to say goodbye.


He cited a lack of mobility, doctor's restrictions and an Australian law stopping him from taking his own life among his complaints, but he was not ill.

Sky's Michelle Clifford said police and coroner officials would now need to visit the clinic to make sure the assisted suicide was carried out properly.

Matt Valliere, executive director of Patients Rights Action Fund, told CNA in e-mail comments that it would "be a mistake" to use Goodall's death as an example in advocating for legalized assisted suicide. "All the publicity that this has been receiving can only, I think, help the cause of euthanasia for the elderly, which I want".

Goodall was an honorary research associate at Perth's Edith Cowan University, and had produced dozens of research works.

The Swiss Academy of Medical Science has come out in favor of extending physician-assisted suicide to people living with intolerable pain even if they are not terminally ill, the Swiss newspaper Le Matin Dimanche reported on Sunday.

Euthanasia is illegal in Australia, thought the state of Victoria is planning to allow assisted dying from mid-2019.

Dr Goodall requested that his body be donated to medicine and, if not, that his ashes be sprinkled locally.

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