|The concept of a capsule that could produce a rapid decrease in oxygen level, while maintaining a low CO2 level, (the conditions for a peaceful, even euphoric death) was the brief behind the Sarco.
When Exit was approached in 2012 for a technological solution for a UK man with Locked-in Syndrome, it was the Sarco that emerged. No doctor required and yet completely lawful.
The elegant design was intended to suggest a sense of occasion: of travel to a ‘new destination’ …
Sarco@Cube Design Museum
January 26, 2020Sarco goes on display at Cube Design Museum in the Netherlands
Sarco at Venice Design 2019
November 10, 2019Sarco departs Venice Design 2019 for a new exhibition in 2020.
Amsterdam Funeral Fair
April 20, 2018The 3D-printed Sarco was displayed for the first time at the Amsterdam Funeral Fair.
Philip Nitschke is the founder and director of Exit International.
A former medical doctor, in 1996 Philip helped four of his terminally ill patients to die using Australia’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.
Philip is the co-author of:
- Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Road to the Peaceful Pill (with Fiona Stewart) (Penguin, 2005)
- The Peaceful Pill Handbook (with Fiona Stewart) (Exit International, 2020)
- Damned If I Do (with Peter Corris) (Melbourne University Press, 2013)
Philip has designed several end of life machines including the CoGen and the Destiny. The Deliverance Machine (used in the Northern Territory by his patients in 1996) is on permanent display in the British Science Museum in London.