A drone organ delivery just saved a life for the first time! A 63 year old man from Ontario on oxygen support received a pair of lungs from a drone that reached him in just six minutes. Hospitals with access to these drones could create a new standard for transporting organs.
Scientists tested the carbon-fibre drone 53 times before approving it for the historic flight. It also had a ballistic parachute in case an engine failed or the drone shifted or descended too fast.
"We've used planes and helicopters and cars and vans, and frequently there's a challenge in logistics. But it seems not right to use a whole Learjet to transport something that weighs only two kilograms," Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, the director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program at UHN.
Researchers hope to create networks that transport organs to organ repair centers to optimize and prepare them for drones to send to recipient hospitals everywhere.