Created by Dr. Philip Nitshke of Exit International, this high-tech euthanasia machine is named the Sarco Capsule. It’s a reusable 3D printed capsule that, when used, allows a person to end their life with the simple press of a button.
Active since 1998, Dr. Nitshke and Exit International are a non-profit organization advocating for the legalization of euthanasia. Though the practice is mostly banned worldwide, it is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and a handful of other countries. With the Sarco Capsule, Dr. Nitshke hopes to allow people an option to peacefully and painlessly end their own lives.
Comprised of two parts, the machine features a base and detachable capsule that can double as a coffin. To use the device, a four digit access code must first be entered. Once a person completes an online mental questionnaire, they’re given the code and are free to use the machine. Once inside, the person simply lays down and can activate the machine via the push of a button, via their voice, or through a series of blinks. The machine then fills itself with liquid nitrogen, which in turn lowers the oxygen level of the capsule. Within a few minutes, the user will painlessly pass out and drift into death.
Prediction: ‘Sarco’ #euthanasia machine will be downloaded, 3D printed, and used by Australians seeking a peaceful, quick, reliable & legal elective death well before Vic or NSW laws are enacted https://t.co/w2aAxWink0
— Philip Nitschke (@philipnitschke) November 14, 2017
Though the device is currently in the planning stages, they hope to begin testing in early 2018. Once testing has been completed, the design will be released for free, made open source, and would be available for any clinic to use. Given that the device forgoes the use of intravenous needles or chemical of any kind, it may provide a peaceful option for a terminally ill patient to end their own life.
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Source: International Business Times