An autonomous drone carrying a defibrillator helped to save a 71-year-old victim of a heart attack.
Saved by the Drone
A delivered a defibrillator that helped a nearby doctor save the victim’s life late last year. The man was shoveling snow from his driveway when he had a cardiac arrest.
“This is a truly revolutionary technology that needs to be implemented all over,” says the septuagenarian, who has now made a full recovery. “I can’t put into words how thankful I am to this new technology and the speedy delivery of the defibrillator. If it wasn’t for the drone I probably wouldn’t be here.”
The drone is part of Everdrone’s Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery (EMADE) service. EMADE allows emergency dispatchers to deliver life-saving equipment as quickly as possible before the paramedics arrive at the scene.
In the case of the 71-year-old, it took only three minutes for the drone to deliver the defibrillator. Dr. Mustafa Ali, a doctor on his way to his job, worked with the equipment to deliver the treatment that saved the victim’s life.
“I started doing CPR while asking another bystander to call 112,” said the doctor, referring to Sweden’s emergency number. “Just minutes later, I saw something flying above my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator!”
The industry for drones is growing very fast. Several industries are a part of this, with drones being used in agriculture, delivery, medicine, and even for children.