For the first time ever, an unmanned aircraft system transported a donor organ for transplantation surgery. The unmanned aircraft flew from an area 2.8 miles southwest of Baltimore, Maryland to the University Of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore to deliver a viable kidney to a waiting transplant team. The recipient is a 44-year-old female who had been waiting for eight years for a transplant.
The unmanned aircraft system, also know as a drone, was custom built at the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site by engineers and aviation experts in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the Living Legacy Foundation, a Baltimore-based non-profit. Prior to the April 19, 2019 date, the system had been piloted in stages delivering saline, blood tubes, other medical materials, and a healthy but non-viable kidney. The unmanned aircraft was designed and built to provide continuous in flight monitoring providing constant communication and feedback about the condition of the organ to the team at the receiving facility.
The University Of Maryland is home to a number of schools and health systems throughout Maryland with the largest campus location in College Park. The University’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site works in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and is one of nine university affiliated sites throughout the United States. The Living Legacy Foundation is a private non-profit foundation whose mission is to assist individuals waiting for organ transplants in a variety of ways.
This was reported by the University of Maryland Medical Center on April 26, 2019.
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