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

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

Goodall was not terminally ill, but his health had deteriorated badly in recent years, according to The New York Times.

Earlier this week, Goodall said he resented having to travel so far to carry out his plan, but was relieved the end was near.

Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries and was banned in Australia until the state of Victoria became the first to legalise the practice a year ago.

The US states of Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, California, Colorado and Hawaii permit assisted dying for terminally ill patients.

PERTH academic David Goodall's death was a final contribution to society, according to his daughter.

The British-born scientist said this week that he had been contemplating the idea of suicide for about 20 years.

Goodall's home state Perth is now debating whether to introduce the policy.

Several US states have a form of physician-assisted suicide, as do a small number of countries including Japan, Belgium and Switzerland. Since Monday, he's had consultations with doctors, including a psychiatrist, and was visited by the Swiss police.

Drake noted: "It's one thing for me to say that, it's another thing for Derek Humphry, who embodies the assisted suicide movement, to say it".

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"On behalf of the entire ECU community, I extend my sincerest condolences to his family during this time", Professor Omari said.

Beethoven's Ode to Joy 9th Symphony was played to Goodall before he died after a last meal of fish and chips and cheesecake.

The lethal cocktail is normally ingested, but since Goodall couldn't swallow, the substance was injected intravenously. In order to comply with Swiss law that bans the interference of third parties in the process, he opened the valve to release the solution himself and fell asleep, dying soon after.

His last words, as the infusion started to drip, were, "This is taking an awfully long time!".

"In 1998 ECU appointed him as an Honorary Research Associate (and was later appointed an Honorary Research Fellow), a role he held up until his passing". The grandfather of 12 wanted "no funeral, no remembrance service or ceremony", Exit International noted.

Exit International said Goodall had requested that his body be donated to medicine, or his ashes sprinkled locally. He did not believe in an afterlife, the organization said.

However, the professor said that he hoped the large mediatization of his case would lead to the legalization of assisted dying in other countries.

"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.


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