Established in August 2019, Pegasos Swiss Association is the newest VAD organisation in Switzerland. Pegasos was founded after the death in May 2018 of 104-year old Australian ecologist, Professor David Goodall (discussed in detail later in the chapter).
Professor Goodall was not sick. At 104 years of age, he simply said that he had lived long enough and now was the time to die. The exact same people who supported David Goodall and made his death possible, are the same team who now provide the Pegasos service.
Aims and Objectives of Pegasos
As the ‘new kid on the block’, the aims and objectives of Pegasos are to:
• cut some of the red tape that surrounds a Swiss VAD • minimise waiting times • offer a service that has English as its first language
Over the past two decades in Switzerland it has been a common complaint of those applying for a VAD that the amount of paperwork required is laborious and exhaustive, especially when a person is very ill or very old.