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Switzerland welcomes ‘suicide machine’ for quick painless death

Switzerland welcomes 'suicide machine' for quick painless death. 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.
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Switzerland welcomes ‘suicide machine’ for quick painless death. 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 lets the person to lie down and begin 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 “disoriented” and “euphoric” feeling before losing 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.

Last year, about 1,300 individuals in Switzerland used assisted suicide to terminate their lives. The Swiss government has yet to say whether it will allow the capsule to be used.

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If you’re having trouble coping, call Samaritans on freephone 116 123 or seek assistance from other organizations, such as those mentioned on the NHS’s help for suicidal thoughts homepage.


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