published: 2018-04-15 09:37:48
Sarco short for sarcophagus, presented a suicide pod that enables its users to take their own lives at a push of a button on display at the Amsterdam Funeral Fair in Westerkerk church on Saturday.
Visitors flocked to the display to view a prototype of the controversial machine that came complete with a nitrogen capsule for euthanasia and a detachable 3D coffin to serve as an eternal resting place.
“To be able to get into the machine you will have to have passed an online test … to make sure that you are of sound mind,” creator of Sarco Dr. Philip Nitschke said.
Visitors could have a test run with the prototype using virtual reality goggles and chair to experience how it would feel to sit inside the pod before pressing the button to release the nitrogen, that would end the individual’s life.
“I think that it is awesome that you can decide if you really want to die,” a visitor added.
SOT, Sarco virtual reality user (Dutch): “I think it’s a godsend. I just spoke with him and told him that I thought it was awesome that this exists. I asked him if it was legal. It appears it isn’t yet. I believe he said that in Switzerland it is but here in the Netherlands it isn’t. But, I think that it is awesome that you can decide if you really want to die: ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. If people are really sick, I think they should be allowed to make that decision. Which made me tell him that if I ever become seriously ill, I would never start with medicine and blah blah blah. I would choose this.”
SOT, Dr. Philip Nitschke, Creator of Sarco: “To be able to get into the machine you will have to have passed an online test. It’s a little test to check your mental ability. To make sure that you are of sound mind. So, you do the test on the computer and if you pass it, mostly everyone does, unless you are seriously mentally unwell. You pass the test and that gives you a code, which is valid for twenty-four hours. And you enter that code for the SARCO to work. So a person who doesn’t know what they are doing can’t use the SARCO.”
SOT, Dr. Philip Nitschke, Creator of Sarco (Dutch): “The deliverance machine was the first machine I built. I built it 20 years ago in Australia. It was to help terminally ill people who wanted to end their lives under a piece of law change that took place in Australia in 1996. I copied the machine from the American doctor Jack Kevorkian. I made it more sophisticated. I added a laptop computer and four people pressed the button on the computer and they had a easy death with an intravenous injection and that was in fact the first legal lethal voluntary injection in the world. That machine is now in the British museum in London, on permanent display.”
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