In collaboration with Canadian scientists, the Kerela Network for Organ Sharing (KNOS) in India is planning to use drones to transport organs from patients to recipients in hospitals.
Organs have an extremely short shelf life as a heart cannot survive more than 10 hours outside of a body, a healthy liver lasts for 12-15 hours, and kidneys last up to 24 hours. Due to this, the process of delivering organs between hospitals needs to be done quickly and efficiently, which is why doctors are looking at drones as the best possible solution to this problem.
“Drones to transport harvested organs have been developed in Canada by a Kottayam-based Malayali scientist. After successfully testing it in Canada, they have now approached us. To check out the feasibility in our terrain, they will soon start trial runs,” said Dr. Noble Gracious from KNOS.
The battery powered drones will have set programmed destinations from one hospital to the next and in the trial run, the deliveries will only be within a 200 to 250 km range.
In comparison to using private vehicles, air ambulances, navy aircrafts, or private aircrafts, all of which are currently used in India to transport harvested organs — drones are a much cheaper option.