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For The First Time A Drone Delivered A Kidney

In a US based hospital, a surgeon was delivered a kidney of a patient by a drone for the very first time.

In Africa, delivering many medical products via unmanned aircraft systems have been successfully done.

The drone was carefully and specially designed that can be used to administer and keep an eye on the organs.

This system is hoped for opening a new way to fight against the longer travels and deliver products safely on time.

The patient from Baltimore who was a 44 years old woman, had to wait for 8 years to get the transplant.

About the delivery method, the woman said, “This whole thing is amazing. Years ago, this was not something that you would think about.”

Some statistics had been shared by the United Network for Organ Sharing which says in 2018 almost 1,14,000 people were in the waiting list for getting organs. Among the list, 1.5% person patients didn’t receive the organs. Almost 4% could get the organs but delivery got delayed by 2 or more hours.

One of organ transplant surgeons, who is an assistant professor of surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), named Joseph Scalea said, “Delivering an organ from a donor to a patient is a sacred duty with many moving parts. It is critical that we find ways of doing this better. As a result of the outstanding collaboration among surgeons, engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), organ procurement specialists, pilots, nurses, and, ultimately, the patient, we were able to make a pioneering breakthrough in transplantation.”

The journey was almost 3 miles and to make it successful, they had to use very strong technological support. It had a custom-made weight bearer to take the additional weight of the organs as well as on-board cameras with organ tracking. It also had a parachute just in case the system fails.

Matthew Scassero, part of the engineering team based at the University of Maryland, “There’s a tremendous amount of pressure knowing there’s a person waiting for that organ, but it’s also a special privilege to be a part of this critical mission.”

chief executive of The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, a charity working to increase organ donation, Charlie Alexander said, “If we can prove that this works, then we can look at much greater distances of unmanned organ transport. This would minimize the need for multiple pilots and flight time and address safety issues we have in our field.”

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