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Suicide machine that can be controlled by blinking faces ‘no legal issues’ in Switzerland

By Anthony Cuthbertson Independent

Sarco pod has faced opposition from opponents of euthanasia, in part due to the method used.

A coffin-shaped capsule that allows occupants to kill themselves has passed legal review in Switzerland, according to its creators.

The Sarco machine can be operated from the inside –conceivably just by blinking if the person suffers from locked-in syndrome – and works by reducing the oxygen level in the pod to below a critical level.

The process takes less than a minute and death occurs through hypoxia and hypocapnia, which is intended to allow a person to die relatively peacefully and painlessly.

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