The designers of a coffin-like capsule that lets individuals to terminate their lives claim it might be used in Switzerland as early as next year.
The Sarco suicide pod allows the person to lie down and initiate the process in under five minutes.
Before pressing a button that reduces oxygen to a crucial level, people are given a series of questions.
Nitrogen fills the 3D-printed device, rapidly reducing oxygen levels from 21% to 1% in roughly 30 seconds.
They then experience a “disoriented” and “euphoric” feeling before losing consciousness.
According to New Yorkpost, a “disorientated” and “euphoric” feeling then follows, before they eventually lose consciousness.
Hypoxia (low oxygen in the body’s tissues) and hypocapnia (low carbon dioxide in the blood) are the causes of death, which are followed by critical oxygen and carbon dioxide deprivation.
New York Post stated that, Dr. Philip Nitschke, whose Exit International organization came up with the capsule, told local media there is “no panic, no choking feeling”.
“The machine can be towed anywhere for the death,” he said.
“It can be in an idyllic outdoor setting or in the premises of an assisted suicide organization, for example.”
“The person will get into the capsule and lie down. It’s very comfortable.”
“Barring any unforeseen difficulties, we hope to be ready to make Sarco available for use in Switzerland next year.”
New York post reported that;
Last year, some 1,300 people in Switzerland used assisted suicide to terminate their lives.
The Swiss government has yet to say if it will allow the capsule to be used.
If you’re having trouble coping, call Samaritans on freephone 116 123 or seek help from other organizations, such as those listed on the NHS’s help for suicide thoughts webpage.