Switzerland has legalised a ‘suicide machine’ named ‘Sacro’, short for “sacrophagus”. The machine is a specialized euthanasia device intended for painless death by inducing hypoxia and hypocapnia (the state of inadequate oxygen supply at the tissue level and reduced carbon dioxide in the blood leading to death).
As morbid as it sounds, the device is shaped like a coffin capsule and is equipped to induce immediate death by instantly dropping the oxygen level to critically low levels within the blink of an eye. The entire process is believed to be only one minute long.
The Sacro ‘suicide machine’ was invented by Dr Philip Nitschke, who has earned himself the moniker of ‘Dr Death’. True to its name, the device literally serves as a tomb for its occupant, as the biodegradable capsule can detach itself from the base of the machine in order to serve as a coffin.
Active euthanasia is illegal in Switzerland, but supplying the means for committing suicide are legal, as long as the action which directly causes death is performed by the one wishing to die. The device is believed to fall under the category of ‘assisted euthanasia device’ and has hence cleared legal scrutiny.