Philip Nitschke, an Australian doctor, created a ‘death machine’ known as ‘Sarco’ which will help people to commit suicide.
The 70-year-old doctor who has been nicknamed as ‘Dr. Death’ and ‘euthanasia guru’ believes that his new invention will allow people to die peacefully.
Sarco capsule, a euthanasia machine that can be created using a 3D printer and can be assembled anywhere, can end life painlessly.
The device is designed in two parts. One part is a reusable machine base and the other is a capsule that can be detached and used as a coffin.
The machine consists of a reusable 3D-printed base containing canisters of liquid nitrogen and a detachable capsule, which doubles up as a biodegradable coffin.
Sarco is available to depress and mentally ill individuals so long as they pass an assessment ensuring they are aware of their actions and the permanent nature of the decision.
However, potential users would first be asked to complete an online mental questionnaire. This will assess their mental competency before being provided with a four-digit access code to activate the Sarco capsule.
Inside, the procedure could be started through a button press or voice commands for paralyzed individuals.
The process begins when liquid nitrogen starts to fill the Sarco capsule. Death comes in minutes as oxygen within the capsule drops and users quietly fall unconscious.
“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,” Dr. Nitschke said.
The death machine also includes a “panic button” in case the person inside changes their mind at the last minute, according to Nitschke.
“There is an emergency window that opens right away when you click against it, which allows for oxygen to flow into the machine at once,” he said.
Nitschke hopes it provides a peaceful option to those with terminal diagnoses, chronic and debilitating pain, or anyone seeking a peaceful end in old age.