Switzerland allows assisted suicide in 3D-printed suicide pod

WION Web Team
Switzerland Updated: Dec 08, 2021, 01:23 AM(IST)

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Many foreigners are known to travel to Switzerland in order to allow themselves to use assisted suicide which is considered a legal way to die.

According to reports, Switzerland's medical review board has legalised Sarco suicide pod to allow a person to die by assisted suicide.

The pod is reportedly a 3D-printed capsule which resembles a coffin. The person intending to die gets in the pod and is asked questions and then when the person is ready a button is pushed activating the mechanism. The capsule releases nitrogen which reduces the oxygen level as the person loses consciousness.

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Reports claim the person dies without choking. Last year 1,300 were reportedly allowed assisted suicide in Switzerland.

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Assisted suicide is legal in some European countries including Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Canada under strict restrictions. 

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Many foreigners are known to travel to Switzerland in order to allow themselves to use assisted suicide which is considered a legal way to die. There are also assisted organisations where people can become members.

The suicide pod is set to be operational next year. 

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Reports say the Sacro suicide pod may have a camera allowing people to speak to people outside, also efforts are on to put together artificial intelligence screening to understand a person's mental wellbeing.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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