A Doctor Built a Suicide Pod That You Can Download And 3D Print

April 24, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Morbid

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A new suicide machine offers users with a 3D printer the ability to kill themselves any time, anywhere within a pod that doubles as their coffin.

The machine, known as a Sarco Capsule, was developed in the Netherlands by Dr.  Philip Nitschke, a well-known proponent of euthanasia known as “Dr. Death,” and engineer Alexander Bannink. Nitschke said that the design for the machine, which allows users to kill themselves with the press of a button, will be made open-sourced and free, so that anyone with access to a 3D printer can download and assemble the instrument of their demise.

“Sarco does not use any restricted drugs, or require any special expertise such as the insertion of an intravenous needle,” Nitschke said, according to Lifesite. “Anyone who can pass the entry test, can enter the machine and legally end their life.”

Prior to using the machine, users would have to complete an online questionnaire in order to establish their mental competency. After this, they receive a four-digit access code which opens the device. In the chamber, they can start it using voice recognition, the press of a button, or even a series of blinks for paralyzed individuals. Liquid nitrogen is then used to trigger a drop in oxygen, which Bannick says is a “common method used by those seeking a peaceful elective death.” The capsule, which attaches from its base, can be used as a coffin.

The machine is only the latest in a series of devices pushed by Nitschke that offers people various methods of committing suicide. Nitschke released a suicide kit online, disguised as equipment for home brewing beer, that sold for roughly $340 and, like the Sarco Capsule, allowed users to kill themselves anywhere and anytime they wanted. He has sold it in the U.K. for three years, despite the fact that overt assisted suicide is illegal there.

Nitschke once operated as a general practitioner in Australia, but burned his medical certificate after he came under legal fire for not referring a suicidal patient to a psychiatrist. The patient killed himself, and Nitschke went on to establish Exit International, a euthanasia promotion campaign, in 1997. Nitschke said he would offer death to anyone who seeks it, “including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, the troubled teen.”

If you or someone you know is in distress or contemplating suicide, there are people who can help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) to speak to experts who will listen. 

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