Dr. Philip Nitschke, nicknamed Dr. Death announced plans to unveil his latest “suicide machine” called Sarco (short for sarcophagus) at the Amsterdam’s Funeral Fair. It allows the person to step inside a full-size depiction of the euthanasia capsule and experience death in virtual reality.
According to the doctor, the plans for 3D printing the capsule will be freely available on the Internet by next year. He says that the suicide machine can be assembled anywhere to “allow a person a peaceful passing” at any location they choose.
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The people who will actually want to use the device have to fill out an online test to gauge their mental fitness. On passing that, they will receive an access code valid for 24 hours. Another confirmation needs to be given by the user after entering the code.
The Sarco will be sitting on a generator that uses liquid nitrogen. When this is released, it brings down the level of oxygen in the capsule to induce hypoxia. Our body needs oxygen to function and when put in environments with low levels of oxygen, the body begins to shut down.
This results in confusion, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, sweating, and wheezing. Nitschke says that in the Sarco, death will have “style and elegance”. The user loses consciousness in less than a minute and death follows shortly.
“A Sarco death is painless. There’s no suffocation, choking sensation or ‘air hunger’ as the user breathes easily in a low-oxygen environment. The sensation is one of well-being and intoxication,” wrote the company’s founder Philip Nitschke for Huffington Post.
There has been a lot of talk on assisted suicide and there are many factions, some in favor of it and some against it. Nitschke, however, believes that it is a civil right and a person is free to do as he chooses.
“The Sarco is intended to get people talking positively about death and with broader considerations than being afraid, scared or shocked,” says the press statement. “After all we are all going to die. Increasing numbers of us want some say in how we are going to die.”