An autonomous drone helped save the life of a 71-year-old man who was suffering a cardiac arrest.
The drone delivered a defibrillator when the man suffered a heart attack while shovelling snow outside his house in Trollhattan, Sweden.
Everdrone, the company behind the drone, said that defibrillation could be initiated before the arrival of an ambulance, thanks to its Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery service (EMADE).
The company said that it took just over three minutes from the alarm being raised until the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was delivered.
“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 71-year-old patient told Everdrone.
Dr Mustafa Ali, who happened to be driving past the area, rushed to help. He said, “”I was on my way to work at the local hospital when I looked out the car window and saw a man collapsed in his driveway. I immediately understood that something was wrong and rushed to help.”
The doctor added, “”The man had no pulse, so I started doing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) while asking another bystander to call 112 (the Swedish emergency number). Just minutes later, I saw something flying above my head. It was a drone with a defibrillator!”
“This is a truly revolutionary technology that needs to be implemented all over,” the patient who now has made a full recovery said.
The drone is developed in a partnership between the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden’s largest medical university, along with the national emergency operator SOS Alarm, Region Vastra Gotaland and Everdrone.