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104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Travels To Switzerland To End His Life On His Own Terms

104-Year-Old Australian Scientist Travels To Switzerland To End His Life On His Own Terms
(9 News Perth/YouTube)

Australian scientist David Goodall doesn't have a terminal illness, but at 104-years of age he decided it was time to end his life.

But because voluntary euthanasia is not a legal option in Australia, Goodall is flying to Switzerland to meet with an assisted dying agency in Basel.

Professor Goodall made headlines two years ago when he convinced his university to allow him to continue working at 102-years-old. And although Goodall said he's lived a good life, the ecologist is choosing to go out on his own terms due to this deteriorating quality of life.

He explained his reasoning for making the one-way flight for his final journey in an ABC interview last week:

I greatly regret having reached that age. I'm not happy. I want to die. It's not sad particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented. My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights including the right of assisted suicide.

Assisted suicide is illegal in Australia and most other countries, but it will become a legal practice in the state of Victoria in 2019 and will be limited to those suffering from a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less.

He was escorted to the airport in a wheelchair on Monday with his wit and sense of humor still intact, as indicated on his sweatshirt that read: "Ageing Disgracefully."

En route to Switzerland with his "Ageing Disgracefully" shirt.(9 News Perth/YouTube)

Exit International helped the professor make the journey by upgrading him to business class, courtesy of a GoFundMe campaign. On their website, the group expressed that it was "unjust" for a prominent and respected person being forced to fly to another country to end his life.

A peaceful, dignified death is the entitlement of all who want it. And a person should not be forced to leave home to achieve it.

The news of Goodall's decision revisits the controversial debate about assisted suicide.

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