Euthanasia was Perth scientist David Goodall's dying wish

Hannah Rogers
May 11, 2018

Goodall, who pushed for legalization of assisted dying in Australia, received more than $20,000 in donations from the public to fund his trip to the clinic in Switzerland.

The grandfather of 12 wanted "no funeral, no remembrance service or ceremony", Exit International noted.

Australian Scientist David Goodall said he had simply lived too long.

He stressed that it was his "own choice to end my life" and said: "I look forward to that".

"I no longer want to continue life", Goodall told journalists on Wednesday.

"Luckily my family who are in various parts of Europe and America have rallied round and come to see me, and I welcome the opportunity to see them, which I probably wouldn't have had if I hadn't pursued this Swiss option", he told journalists. "I could still enjoy birdsong, But my lack of vision would seriously impair it".

Earlier this year, Dr Goodall fell to the floor while alone in his one-bedroom apartment in Perth. Then I have a bit of lunch and just sit.

Victoria last year became the first State to introduce a euthanasia Bill, effective in June next year, allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives.

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Goodall described his current state of living to CNN as perpetual sitting punctuated by meals - a way of living that seemed intolerable to him after a life of working in the field.

Goodall said he hoped his story would lead to the legalization of assisted dying in other countries. "The question would not have arisen if I were not an old man", he said. "I'm happy that this period beforehand has been used to interview me, and I've brought the ideas of euthanasia to light".

Meanwhile, Switzerland has allowed assisted suicide since 1942.

Born in London in 1914, he went to Australia in 1948 to teach at the University of Melbourne.

He went on to hold academic positions across the world, including in the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Australia.

After his retirement in 1979, Goodall edited a 30-volume series of books referred to as "eco systems of earth", written by more than 500 authors.

With more than 100 research papers published and three doctorates under his belt, Dr Goodall was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to science, specifically the areas of plant ecology and natural resources management.

Assisted suicide and euthanasia, where the lethal drug is adminsitered by a doctor or medical staff, is at the heart of heated ethical debates that touch on religious, medical, legal and ethical questions.

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