Australian Doctor Nitschke Builds Suicide Machine that Allows You to Die on Your Own Terms in Just Five Minutes!

by Shanzah Sahir

Euthanasia advocate, Philip Nitschke, has developed a machine that facilitates the process of taking your own life in a mere five minutes!


The Death Capsule by ‘Elon Musk’, Philip Nitschke. (Source: The Exit International)

Nitschke, who calls himself the ‘Elon Musk’ of death, has created a death capsule. The death machine, ‘Sarco’, was introduced in December last year after the Euthanasia Bill was passed in Australia.

Dr. Philip Nitschke is 70-year-old physician who is strongly of the opinion that one should be allowed to take their own life. He is also the founder of an organization known as ‘Exit International’, that endorses the idea of killing yourself voluntarily.


Philip performed his first assisted suicide procedure back in 1996. (Source: David Mariuz/Getty Images)

Euthanasia is a form of suicide that allows you to kill yourself on your own terms. It is a kind of assisted death to relieve yourself of pain and suffering.

Philip performed his first assisted suicide procedure back in 1996. Since then, he has been advocating this idea in different countries and has gotten the Euthanasia Bill signed in Australia.


Dr Philip Nitschke holds up a drug testing kit, which is used as part of assisted suicides following a workshop on the subject.  (Source: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Nitschke, popularly known as Dr. Death, has also written a book, The Peaceful Pill, supporting his philosophy of voluntary euthanasia.


Books written by Dr Philip Nitschke are seen at a press conference. (Source: David Mariuz/Getty Images)


Sarco allows you to die in mere five minutes. (Source: Ben Birchall – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)



Dr Philip Nitschke, dubbed Dr Death, at the Hamilton Hall Hotel, Bournemouth, where he was giving a workshop. (Source: Ben Birchall – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The death machine is created in the shape of a spaceship. According to the Exit International website, the machine has a portable capsule intact that can be converted into a casket. It will give the idea of the journey to afterlife to its patients. It is an open source program and can be executed anywhere in the world.


Controversial euthanasia activist during his suicide workshop presentation. (Source: Ben Birchall – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

In conversation with Tonic, Nitschke talked about his new invention and how it is everyone’s basic right to die voluntarily. He briefs them about the procedure of using Sarco and how it only takes ‘Five Minutes’ to die.

While talking about the machine he said, “The coffin can be printed with a 3D-printer and uses liquid nitrogen, which can be bought legally. After you have taken your seat inside the machine, nitrogen starts flowing.”

He continued, “After a minute and a half you start to feel disoriented—a feeling comparable to that of having a few too many drinks—and a few minutes later you lose consciousness. In about five minutes, you’re gone.”


Liquid Nitrogen is used in the death capsule Sarco to make you lose consciousness. (Source: BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images)


He is also the founder of an organization known as ‘Exit International’ that endorses the idea of killing your self voluntarily. (Source: David Mariuz/Getty Images)

Philip also talked about some of the counter arguments he faced. The most common one was that the a death wish is a mental illness that can be treated.

“The most common argument is that there is no such thing as rational suicide, and that a death wish is, per definition, the result of a psychiatric illness. I reject that idea. Someone’s death wish isn’t something that needs to be treated, per se.”


The Australian doctor, dubbed Dr Death by the press, was stopped at Heathrow Airport when he arrived but was granted leave to stay in UK. (Source: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

He also talked about his beliefs and how this concept was actually inculcated in him.

“When I was working to legalize euthanasia in Australia, I met more and more people who wanted to die but didn’t have a medical reason. One of them was a French woman, a scholar, who had planned to die at age 80. Not because she was sick, but simply because she thought that was a beautiful age to pass away.”


“I became convinced by a French woman that death should be a right for any sane human.” (Source: Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Nitschke told the website that the French woman convinced him that it should be a right of every living being to decisively take their own lives.

“She said it was her decision, one that isn’t bound by the rules I follow as a doctor. Partially due to her, I changed my mind. I became convinced that death should be a right for any sane human.”


The Euthanasia machine, developed by Dr Philip Nitschke in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, was the first and only legal euthanasia machine ever made.  (Source: SSPL/Getty Images)

Initially, it was said that Sarco will be released in early 2018. The machine will be produced in Switzerland and will be out in just a few months!

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  • sahir Hijaz khan
    March 2, 2018

    \”Death is not opposite to life but part of it\”(Haruki Murakami). But life is to live and not to kill yourself prematurely. Death is part of it and a break between life here and the eternal… has been blessed by Allah for some purpose, for eternal life you have to invest here in shape of good deeds. its criminal to assist any one to suicide. We need to motivate people to live under even difficult environments and conditions. life is a continuous struggle and true joy is always after a difficult time. I suggest not to support such ideas and to give coverage.