Drone flies lungs between two hospitals for transplant patient in Canada.

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For the first time, a pair of lungs destined for an organ transplant surgery were flown between two hospitals by drone.

At the end of September, the donor lungs travelled 1.5 kilometres in 6 minutes between two Toronto hospitals in the city centre.

According to CBC, the lucky recipient is Alan Hodak, a 63-year-old engineer and drone enthusiast who has been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis since 2019.

The University Health Network hospitals and Unither Bioélectronique, a Québec-based firm that specialises in both manufacturing organs suitable for human transplantation and speedy and efficient delivery techniques such as drones, collaborated on the drone flight.

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