First Successful Drone Delivery of Kidney for Transplant

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In a first-ever advance in human medicine and transplantation, a drone has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons for successful transplantation in a patient with kidney failure at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

A custom-built UAS and apparatus designed to maintain and monitor a viable human organ made the flight possible. The life-saving drone flight took place at night on an automated course at a height of 400 feet, permissible due to a daylight operations waiver granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the University of Maryland (UMD).

Watch a video of the flight that made history from takeoff to landing in our recent article: Dialysis Patient Receives First Successful Drone Delivery of Kidney for Transplant

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