Dr Jack Kevorkian, commonly referred to as Doctor Death, passed away on June 3, 2011, but he left behind one of the most controversial ethical questions yet to be answered: Can a medical professional assist a terminally ill individual with committing suicide?
Kevorkian created numerous machines for committing assisted suicide, the most infamous being the Thanatron. To avoid getting too into medical science, here’s a quick rundown on how the Thanatron works: The patient pushes a button, flips a switch, or pulls a cord, and the Thanatron administers barbiturates into the patients bloodstream. Once the barbiturates force the individual to sleep, a lethal injection is administered, and the patient passes away in his sleep.
Since Kevorkian passed away this machine has remained dormant within his estate. However, come October 28, 2011, an auction at the New York Institute of Technology offers anyone a chance of owning this machine of assisted suicide. Imagine it sitting in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or garage, just waiting for someone to say, What the hell is this thing? You would be hard-pressed to find more horrid and ghoulish Halloween props.
Plus, a portion of the auction proceed goes to the Kids Kicking Cancer charity fund.
Before Kevorkian passed away, he was asked if he had any regrets about his work. Kevorkian said, No, no. Its your purpose [as a] physician. How can you regret helping a suffering patient?