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At the end of last year Gatwick Airport was closed for many hours as a drone had been sighted near the air field and due to safety reasons the flights had to be delayed or cancelled. We have seen stories about drugs, mobile phones and much more being taken into prisons via drones. These stories made the headlines.
Recently, I saw a headline on the BBC news and just thought WOW!!!! In Maryland in America a drone was used to transfer a kidney to the hospital where the recipient was waiting for the transplant. The drone carried the kidney whilst monitoring it during the three mile flight. This flight was the first time that the method had been used with a real kidney, although it had obviously been tested intensely. In case the drone should fail the craft had been fitted with a recovery parachute.
There are so many positives to this story, the amount of time taken to get the kidney to the correct place is a huge benefit as in transplants time really is of the essence and literally every second counts. They don’t need to find pilots or specific flights to take the organ as this system can be set up and used immediately.
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It is always good news when you see technology being used for the right reasons.
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