The lung taken from a patient at Western Hospital in the city of Toronto reached Toronto General Hospital after a 6-minute flight.
Martine Rothblat, owner of Unither Bioelectronique company, which carries out the drone transplant, announced that they chose Toronto General Hospital because it was the first hospital in Canada where double and single lung transplants took place.
Speaking to the official Canadian news agency CP, Rothbalt said that in their 18-month study with a team, they tested all the stages for a successful transplant.
The first was recorded in 2019 with the transplant of a kidney in Baltimore, USA, by drone organ transport, and then the cornea in Nevada and the pancreas in Minnesota.
For the lung transport with drone carried out in Toronto, Unither Bioelectronique company has also developed a special box that attaches the drone and will not cause any deterioration in the lung.
Designed to withstand changes in altitude, barometric pressure, vibrations, and other shocking events, the company added a parachute and an advanced GPS system to the equipment in case the box falls during transport.
After the completion of the unmanned aerial vehicle and the container, practice flights were carried out for months with fake packages simulating the lungs and drop tests against different climatic conditions.
With the new system, it is aimed at minimizing the time lost in transportation for the organs to be transplanted to the patient.
Meanwhile, according to the Canadian Ministry of Health data, 2,622 people received organ transplants in Canada in 2020.
According to the ministry, 4,129 people are still on the organ transplant waiting list in the country.
According to official records, 276 people died in 2020 due to the lack of necessary organs.