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Exit International have brought forth the Sarco Capsule, a machine that will help patients pass away effortlessly and painlessly. Created in the Netherlands, its inventors hope to see it in other countries soon.
Philip Nitschke, one of Australia's loudest voices for the legalization of euthanasia is back with a new and controversial invention: a high-tech 'suicide machine.' Dubbed the Sarco Machine, it was unveiled in Toronto last week by Nitschke's advocacy group, Exit International.
The Sarco Machine is a technological marvel, and will undoubtedly help its patients pass away with relative ease and little pain. Consisting of a sleek capsule with a touchpad inside, it also has a voice-recognition or eye-movement function so it can also be used by those who are severely disabled or suffering from any kind of motor-neuron disease.
Sarco was reportedly built from molded plastic panels that can easily be 3D printed and has a reclining couch inside. The patient will be required to wear a cardiac wristband to provide heart-rate information to those outside and the transparency of the canopy of the capsule can be adjusted depending on the person's preferences; do they want to be visible to the outside world during their final moments or do they want privacy?
Of the capsule, Nitschke said: "Sarco does not use any restricted drugs, or require any special expertise such as the insertion of an intravenous needle. Anyone who can pass the entry test can enter the machine and legally end their life."
According to the notes released by the company, once the person has entered the four-digit activation code, "the person is asked if they wish to die. If Yes is selected, the mechanism immediately allows the liquid nitrogen (to flow),” they say. “Within a minute, oxygen levels have dropped to a point where there is an inevitable loss of consciousness, followed by a peaceful hypoxia death."
The machine was developed in the Netherlands, where doctor-assisted euthanasia is legal, but following the landmark ruling in Victoria, Nitschke hopes that the machine can be put into use in his homeland as well. He does not think they should wait until the law comes into effect mid-2019 either, telling The Weekend Australian: "There is no reason why it should not be used in Australia as soon as the open source design goes online. The limit will be the availability of the new printers."
According to its makers, its design will be free, open source, and placed on the internet for all those interested. The materials to make it aren't too expensive either. Nitschke's team is looking at printing using biodegradable wood and plastic, with the current estimates suggesting it would cost around €1,000 ($1,500). Furthermore, once the death of the patient is confirmed via the cardiac monitor, the capsule can be detached from the resuable base and used as a coffin.