Acclaimed scientist Dr David Goodall, 104, leaves for Switzerland to end his life

PERTH, AUSTRALIA (MAY 2, 2018) (AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION) – British-born academic David Goodall, who turned 104 last month, has flown out of Perth Airport on Wednesday (May 2), headed to an end-of-life clinic in Basel to die through voluntary euthanasia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Voluntary euthanasia is not legal in his home state of Western Australia, and while Victoria last year became the first Australian state to legalise assisted dying, Goodall is not eligible as he is not terminally ill.

Goodall served as an honorary research associate at Edith Cowan University until recently, but his physical condition and quality of life has since slowly deteriorated.

His family supports his decision, including his clinical psychologist daughter Karen Goodall-Smith and he will be accompanied on his journey by a representative from advocacy group Exit International, who raised almost AUD$20,000 ($15,000) for the trip.

He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2016 for significant service to science as an academic, researcher and author.

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