Everdrone’s autonomous drone apparently helped save the life of a 71-year-old man from Trollhättan, Sweden. When a senior had a heart attack while clearing snow in front of his house and was seen by a doctor passing by, paramedics sent him a defibrillator so he could revive the man. They did it with a specially developed drone.
According to the company, this is the first similar documented case in history where this technology has demonstrably helped save someone’s life after a heart attack. However, such a claim is difficult to verify, and worldwide statistics on medical drones are not kept.
According to Everdrone, the event was to take place as follows – an elderly Swede tried to clear the snow from his driveway on December 9. During the activity, he felt a sharp pain in his chest, after which he began to collapse. Fortunately, a doctor was passing by, who recognized from the car window that the senior had a health problem, stopped and ran to his aid.
A portable defibrillator that carries a medical drone
The doctor on the sidewalk began to revive the man, but he knew that in the current conditions he was not doing very well, so he shouted at a passerby to call an ambulance. She did so, described the situation to the emergency dispatchers, and they sent the car. But before that, they let a doctor fly an AED defibrillator to keep the senior alive, at least until the ambulance arrived. The drone was in place in three minutes, and the doctor actually used the defibrillator.
Joint project of scientists and rescuers
“I was just on my way to the local hospital where I work when I looked out the car window and saw a man who collapsed in front of his house,” the company quotes a doctor, who is said to be Mustafa Ali. “I immediately understood that something was wrong and I rushed to the rescue. The man had no pulse, so I began to resuscitate him as I told another passerby to call an ambulance. Only a moment later, a drone with a defibrillator flew over my head, “his words continue.
The story sounds so happy and contains so many coincidences that it almost sounds like it’s not real. However, the Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Radio traced the doctor and he confirmed all the events. Everdrone can probably really boast that the drone he operated helped save his life.
The company is currently working with the rescue service in the Swedish region of Västra Götaland and plans to expand over time to the rest of the country and other parts of Europe. The drone itself was developed by the Center for Resuscitation Sciences of the Karolinska Institutet directly with the Swedish Rescue Service.