• A pro-euthanasia humanist has invented a death pod to help patients pass on peacefully without the need to involve a medical professional.
  • The Sarco, short for sarcophagus, can be 3D printed and is designed to have a reclining seat and colour-matched base containing canisters of liquid nitrogen.
  • In order to use it users must pass an online test to ensure they are of sound mind – before a final push of a button floods the pod with nitrogen.


Philip Nitschke, a pro-euthanasia humanist and founder of Exit International, has invented a death pod to help patients pass on peacefully without the need to involve a medical professional.

Sarco, short for sarcophagus, can be 3D printed and is designed to have a reclining seat and a colour-matched base containing canisters of liquid nitrogen.

Sarco was made with the help of Alexander Bannink, a Dutch industrial designer.

A concept model was showcased at an Amsterdam funeral fair allowing visitors a virtual-reality experience of the death pod.

In order to use it users would have to pass an online test to ensure they are of sound mind – before a final push of a button floods the pod with nitrogen.

Users will feel giddy and euphoric as they slip into unconsciousness and then death.

The unit is designed to be portable and fitted with a large window so users can gaze at their loved ones as they die. According to the Exit International’s Sarco website the design will not be for sale. Rather it will be made available for free for users to download. They’ll then need to have it 3D printed.  

Nitschke hopes to have it up and running as early as the end of 2019, in Switzerland, because of its liberal euthanasia laws.

“This unequal distribution of the privilege of dying with dignity makes no sense, especially given the capacity of modern medicine to keep many of us alive well beyond what we would wish,” wrote Nitschke for Huffington Post.

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