Who said a drone can be only used for photography purposes? A Maryland woman got a donor kidney delivered via a custom-made drone for a life-saving transplant.
Although it was just a short distance test flight, the team who developed the unmanned aircraft at the Maryland University say that this first-of-its-kind technique could help make the delivery of organs faster as well as safer in the future.
The team made the custom drone with 8 rotors as well as multiple power-trains that helped to get the case off the floor. It was controlled by two pilots via a wireless network. In fact, the drone also had a recovery system installed in case of unpredicted emergency.
The organ was stored in a white color box and was then strapped carefully to the drone, which had ‘Perishable’ labelling as well as a few ‘Donate Life’ stickers on it. The 44-year-old Trina Glipsy received the donated organ- a left kidney- following the revolutionary drop-off on April 19.
Joseph R Scalea, assistant of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and leader of the team said that he initiated the project after the constant worry over donated organs taking a lot of time to reach the transplant patients. After the organs are extracted from the body of a donor, they start becoming less healthy every passing second which is why he thought this breakthrough method could help speed up the time-constraint task of transporting organs.