Death by Choice – The Sarco Machine

‘The morning seemed gloomy. I was restless and overly anxious. A sense of an uncanny feeling was trying to overpower me. I paused and said to myself – Is this the right thing to do?

While struggling with my disease in the last five years, I have never been so self-critical about myself. With all the pain that I had to bear, I have always tried to be the strongest. Now with all hope gone, it has become almost impossible to see myself slowly creep into the end in such a miserable state of immense pain.’

The next week, he was moved to Zermatt that has the most iconic mountain peak in the entire world. The gorgeous peak is encircled by breathtaking glaciers.

Visiting the peaks of the bewitching Alps Mountain was one of his dreams.

With a smile and a sense of contention, he muttered ‘What can be as beautiful as being the master of my final destination! Yes, my day has finally arrived and I will be at peace.’

Taking a fresh breath surrounding the serenity of the mountains drenched in the brilliant light of the sun, the rays of light piercing through the snow and the teardrop silver-colored lakes with the green meadows surrounding it, he captured this vivid picture in his eyes as he entered in a pod-shaped machine.

He then softly pressed the button inside ‘Sarco’s pod’ and the machine got flooded with liquid nitrogen. Slowly, the oxygen level started falling within the capsule and without any sense of pain he goes into a state of unconsciousness. He takes his final breath in a peaceful surrounding without any pain and moves towards eternal peace.

This is the story of a man who has been struggling to live a normal life since last five years.

Unfortunately, he had no choice to live the way he wanted to; but he chose his way back to move to another world with much peace.
Such stories are mostly real and found in abundance when we see how dreadful diseases leave no choice but to pray for peaceful deaths. Cases like bedridden people from past ten years due to paralysis, patients in semi-conscious state for five years and patience who are terminally ill where no further medical treatment can help have often challenged the legal factors related to Euthanasia.

With this philosophy in mind, this machine – the ‘Sarco’ Pod has been developed as a 3D printed machine by Philip Nitschke, a former physician from Australia who is a strong advocate of Euthanasia. This machine gives the power of death by choice. One can administer their own death in just few minutes. Not only this, users can even choose the location of their final journey as the machine is portable. An individual can willingly place it near a lake or a mountain or a place that anyone wants to be in before bidding adieu to the living world. It aims to fulfill the desire of making the final journey eloquent and beautiful. Such hypoxic death does not cause any of the physical panic reactions that come from being asphyxiated. It’s a quick and painless death of one’s choice at ones preferred location.

Sarco machine is named as a short version of the term sarcophagus which means ‘a stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription and associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece’. The machine is biodegradable and is designed like a coffin sealed pod. It can get detached to be used as a coffin for burial or cremation. It gives rational adults the right of a peaceful and elective death. With the objective to help terminally ill people get away from the prolonged pain, this voluntary euthanasia assisted suicide pod can be operated by a second party, such as a physician, or by the person wishing to die.

However, a prototype version is only available as there’s a huge formidable cultural obstacle and related legal debate surrounding it. There is an ongoing conundrum on the ethical standpoint of euthanasia and the use of such euthanasia devices as it hits hard to the foundation of moral judgments of human existence which till date remains untouched and unresolved.

I will leave it to my readers to decide – Do you consider it as just a death machine or a technology that allows the right to die at peace.

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

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