Australian botanist david goodall (104), who enjoys life, is examined by two doctors to determine whether he is fit to die before he can receive assisted suicide in switzerland.
"Only when two doctors are convinced that he is 100 percent clear in his wishes will the accompaniment take place," erika preisig, a doctor and founder of the lifecircle association, told the german press agency. Lifecircle to support goodall in switzerland.
According to its own figures, the association accompanied 73 people to their deaths last year. Preisig, a doctor, is staying abroad, she was not involved in the goodall case.
Goodall had flown from australia to france to visit relatives and plans to end his life next week near basel. His quality of life was unacceptable after a fall and vision problems, he says. Because he advocates this decision in television interviews, the case has attracted worldwide attention.
Preisig advocates legalization of assisted suicide around the world. "I believe that anyone over the age of 85 should be allowed to die without justification," she said. "Mr. Goodall and others should have the right to wish that they do not have to continue living in need of full care."
Opponents like the "christian democrats for life" association, founded in 1985 on the initiative of the CDU/CSU, are against assisted suicide. Relatives could abuse euthanasia for cost reasons, other ways of reducing suffering could be discarded in favor of the "more convenient" solution, the association argues. The swiss bishops rejected euthanasia in a pastoral letter in 2002. A free death eliminates "the tension that the unpredictable, but never exactly definable death brings into every life".
Many medical interventions for the very old are only a prolongation of life but not an improvement, says preisig. "The better the medicine, the harder it is to die." Often medical interventions at the end of life postponed death. "God had long wanted to take some people home."
Preisig promotes the idea of foregoing expensive therapies in hopeless cases and investing the money in good palliative care – i.E. Pain-reducing care at the end of life. Most people then decided against a free death. Only 1.3 percent of all deaths in switzerland are assisted suicides. But a stubborn character like goodall must have the right to say: "I want to die because I have had enough of life"."