The Printable Coffin of ‘Doctor Death’

The Printable Coffin of ‘Doctor Death’

The Printable Coffin of ‘Doctor Death’, the Australian Guru of Euthanasia

“It’s not for sale, but anyone can print it out at home and assemble it by following the instructions,” says Nitschke.

He presented it in 2019 at the Venice Biennale and several people, he says, have been interested from Spain in his futuristic sarcophagus to die.

“I was captivated by the civil disobedience and social activism that surrounded the death of Ramón Sampedro in 1998”

In the summer of 1996, Philip Nitschke became the first physician in the world to administer a lethal injection in the first ever case of assisted legal euthanasia.

Only four people from the Australian state of Northem Territory were eligible for the new law, which was repealed nine months later. “Against public opinion, the Australian Medical Association and the Church, it was my turn to make the law work,” confesses the 73-year-old activist.

“To do this, I invented the Deliverance machine, a software connected to the patient’s arm that allows him to self-administer lethal drugs into a vein using a computer-assisted procedure.”

That artifact is now on display in the London Science Museum as an engineering milestone in the fight for the right to a dignified death.

But it is not the only one.

The printable coffin of ‘Doctor Death’

Nitschke has spent the last three years creating Sarco (the printable coffin of Doctor Death), a revolutionary 3D printable coffin that provides a quick, painless and peaceful death.

“It is designed to lower the oxygen and CO2 levels inside the capsule, which ends up producing hypoxia, loss of consciousness and, ultimately, death,” explains its inventor.

“The sensation is similar to that generated by a sudden depressurization in an airplane: placid sleep, vertigo, disorientation and even euphoria.”

The printable coffin of Doctor Death, which was presented at the 2019 Venice Biennale, cost €300,000, part of which is being used to develop artificial intelligence software that analyzes the mental capacities of the occupants.

“It is not for sale, but anyone can print it at home and assemble it afterwards. You will be able to follow the instructions in the .

If all goes well, it will be used in Switzerland for the first time at the end of this year.”

Sarco was conceived as an “ethically and aesthetically effective alternative” to the suicide kits (such as the nitrogen bag) promoted by Exit International, the non-profit organization that Nitschke founded in 1997.

Because the machine is portable, it allows for the planning one’s death in a desired place: in the mountains, next to a lake or on a paradisiacal beach.

You can also choose a dark or transparent view.

The mission of this “object of artistic beauty”, exhibited at the Cube Design Museum in Limburg in the Netherlands in 2020 and at the Museum for Sepulkralkultur in Kassel Germany in 2021, is twofold: to minimize the agony (the process lasts five minutes) and to demedicalize the death process.

Many people found the practice of the plastic bag with gas repulsive.

Since Sarco does not require controlled drugs, it eliminates the need for a psychiatric evaluation and can be used in some countries without medical involvement.

And he adds: “The only way to control the coffin is from the inside, so it is not possible to kill someone with it.”

In his early days as a euthanasia guru, Nitschke sold nitrogen cylinders so that people could self-deliver, and he also helped them get Nembutal.

“Actually, this was not exactly the case.”

In the year 2000 I founded with a friend a company of accessories for brewing beer, one of my passions.

We do not commit any illegality, since nitrogen dispensing cylinders have multiple applications.

As for Nembutal, in my book, The Peaceful Pill Handbook (La Pildora Apacible – in Spanish), I offer detailed instructions on how to obtain it in countries such as Mexico and Peru, or via the internet.

The purchase of this drug without a prescription could be legal in South America, but not bringing it back to Europe.

I limit myself to providing that information, but what people do with it is their business.

The Nickname Dr Death

These practices at the limit of legality earned him the nickname of Doctor Death.

“At first it bothered me that they called me that, but then I appropriated it as a sign of identity.”

So much so that in 2015 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival he had a comedy show about euthanasia titled ‘Dicing Dice with Dr. Death’.

Although Nitschke has taken many precautions to ensure the good practice of pro-euthanasia activism (such as thoroughly tracking of his patients and not selling his book to those under 50 years of age) he has been involved in various controversies, such as when he was linked to the assisted death of a 45-year-old man, Nigel Brayley, who was being investigated for two murder crimes.

“Nigel attended one of the Exit workshops and shared his anguish with me. He seemed knowledgeable and thorough.

When, in the wake of that case, I defended the right of a rational adult to suicide, the Australian Medical Board decided to disqualify me.

A court returned his medical license. The Medical Board demanded he remove his name from the cover of his book.

“That seemed unacceptable to me. So I burned my license and fled Australia in search of a more hospitable political environment.”

Since 2015 he lives in Ámsterdam.

“Here the debate goes beyond assisted death for sick people to more and encompasses what is known as a complete life”.

Healthy old people who do not want to continue in this world any more.

The digital version of The Peaceful Pill Handbook, the first volume was banned by the Australian authorities, the only Australian book to be banned in the last 50 years, is updated every month.

“We have recently included information on the new anti-covid helmets as an alternative to gas bags and the latest data on deaths from ‘Middel X’, a deadly powder without a prescription distributed among 20,000 members of a Dutch cooperative.

The Keys of Ramon Sanpedro

Nitschke does not hide the emotion he experienced in March this year when he learned that Spain was joining the exclusive club of the five countries (together with the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Canada) that regulate Euthanasia.

“I was totally captivated by the social activism and civil disobedience that surrounded the death of Ramón Sampedro in 1998″, he tells me.

“In fact, Exit copied the strategy of the keys to his apartment distributed among several friends in the famous case of Nancy Crick in Australia.”

Doctor Death says that several people have been interested in Spain for its futuristic sarcophagus for euthanasia.

“With a bit of luck, Sarco will contribute to improve the conditions of people who, in a rational, free and informed way, decide to end their life.”

Hawaii Buys ‘30 Death Pods’

Hawaii Buys ‘30 Death Pods’

Did Hawaii Buy ‘Death Pods’ After Legalizing Physician-Assisted Death?

Following the Jan. 1, 2019, legalization of physician-assisted death in Hawaii, state leaders bought 30 “passing assistance pods.”

Snopes investigates this Facebook viral posting.

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Fast Company

Fast Company

The industrialized West doesn’t know how to deal with death. Culturally, we only seem capable of engaging with the end of a human being’s life in one way: as a problem. That problem can be “solved” by medicalizing it into a million little pieces, throwing money and fantasy at it, or simply turning away from the people facing its natural approach. Rituals of acceptance, dignity, or even beauty around death are not part of our social firmware–which is why a project like Philip Nitschke’s Sarco may seem sincere, obscene, crass, and humane all at once.

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Russia Today

Russia Today

Tired of the old, painful and ugly suicide methods? Now you can have a “peaceful, elective and lawful death” at the press of a button with Sarco, a suicide pod – and it even comes with a built-in eco-friendly coffin.
Alongside halls filled with abstract art and video installations, browsers at the 58th Venice art Biennale can now get a sneak peak at “Sarco” – short for sarcophagus, – a sleek, portable and 3D printable machine that could help bring suicide into the 21st century.
 
Daily Star

Daily Star

As lifespans continue to lengthen, rules around euthanasia are likely to relax. And as they do so, entrepreneurs will be scrambling to offer the most painless and dignified endings.

Australian euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke is ahead of the curve with the sleek and elegant Sarco. The Sarco (short for Sarcophagus) is a futuristic Star Trek coffin that, he says, will “allow rational adults the option of a peaceful, elective and lawful death in an elegant and stylish environment”.

A button on the inside of the pod allows the user to flood the enclosure with nitrogen. The effect is, according to Nitschke, a “slightly tipsy” feeling that soon results in a painless death.

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Dezeen

Dezeen

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has created a 3D-printed suicide machine that allows users to administer their own death in a matter of minutes.

Called Sarco, the futuristic-looking machine features a coffin-like sealed pod with transparent panels. It sits on top of a raised platform that leans at an angle.

By pressing a button on the inside of the pod the machine floods with liquid nitrogen, an unregulated substance that can be easily purchased.

This lowers the oxygen level within the capsule, making the user feel “slightly tipsy” before falling unconscious and ultimately, dying.

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Tribuna (Mexico)

Tribuna (Mexico)

Sarco es una maquina con forma futurista para los pacientes con enfermedades terminales, con solo un botón se acaba su vida sin dolor.

Recientemente un médico australiano publicó un dispositivo que brinda asistencia a las personas que quieren acabar con su vida de manera sencilla e indolora.

Read the full Article on tribuna.com.mx

Vice

Vice

This weekend, euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke will unveil his most ambitious death machine yet, the “Sarco”.

This weekend in Venice, the euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke will unveil his most ambitious death machine yet. The 3-D printed “Sarco” (short for sarcophagus) will use nitrogen to provide a quick and peaceful death to any adult of sound mind who wants one. It’s the culmination of a 20-year journey that began when Nitschke invented the “Deliverance” machine – a device that allowed patients to use their laptop to self-administer a lethal injection.

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The Age

The Age

Australian euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke is about to unveil his new high-tech death machine in Venice and says people are already lining up to use it.

Dr Nitschke says the Sarco – short for sarcophagus – reinvents the experience of elected deaths.

And given it’s made using 3D printers, it could soon help people legally end their lives in countries that lack euthanasia laws.

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Independent

Independent

Dr Philip Nitschke – dubbed Dr Death – tells The Independent his device is not intended to glamourise the idea of a person taking their own life.

Opponents of euthanasia have expressed concern at the creation of a “suicide machine”, which has been developed by Dr Philip Nitschke.

The well-known advocate of individuals’ right to die has regularly caused controversy by assisting what he calls “rational suicides”.

Read the full Article on independent.co.uk

The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post

Talk about “dying with dignity” has grown to a calamitous pitch in recent years. “Right to die” groups vie for supremacy, trying to show who can make the dying experience the least degrading. Who can replace the utter macabre-ness of the necessity of death with something more palatable.

In this reclamation of death ― a change from the silence of the past decades, when the subject was even hidden from children ― the focus on dignity is an admirable, yet somewhat clumsy, catch-all for how we should all want to die.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Euthanasia advocate displays ‘Sarco’, a pod that fills with nitrogen, which he hopes will one day be available as a 3D-printable device.

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at the press of a button went on display at an Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

It is not the most cheerful offering. But euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke says he is about to revolutionize how we die.

At a funeral fair in Amsterdam last week, he showed off his “suicide machine.” The “Sarco,” short for sarcophagus, is designed to “provide people with a death when they wish to die,” Nitschke, an Australian national, told the news agency Agence France-Presse. It comes with a detachable coffin and a hookup for a nitrogen container.

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Vice

Vice

“After a minute and a half, you feel disoriented. In five minutes, you’re gone.”

In the Netherlands, euthanasia was written into the law in 2001. The law went into effect in 2002, which makes the country one of the most progressive when it comes to euthanasia. In 1996, Philip Nitschke became the first doctor to legally administer a deadly injection to one of his patients. In the international debate surrounding the topic of euthanasia, he is one of its most well-known and controversial proponents.

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Newsweek

Newsweek

Dr. Philip Nitschke considers himself the Elon Musk of assisted suicide—and his latest death machine, the Sarco, is his Tesla.

Newsweek spoke with the 70-year-old doctor immediately after the state of Victoria in Australia, his home country, voted this week to legalize euthanasia. Many are billing this as the first law of this nature Down Under, though Nitschke performed his first assisted death in 1996, during a brief period of legality in the country’s Northern Territory.

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