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Swedish defibrillator-carrying drone saves first heart attack patient

Swedish technology company Everdrone announced this week that its experimental drone program designed to carry defibrillators to locations where patients are having a heart attack has saved its first patient, a 71 year old man.

Evermore reports that in December of 2021, an elderly man in the Swedish city of Trollhättan suffered a heart attack while shoveling snow, and was saved, due in part to a drone that delivered a defibrillator to the man’s residence before emergency responders arrived on scene. 

A bystander, Dr. Mustafa Ali, witnessed the man experiencing cardiac arrest on his way to work. “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”, says Dr. Ali.

“I immediately understood that something was wrong and rushed to help. 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!”

Dr. Ali used the defibrillator on the patient prior to the arrival of first responders. The patient was transported to the hospital where he was treated and has since been sent home. “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.” 

Everdrone calls its Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery service (EMADE) “an innovative link in the chain of life-saving measures.”

“This is an excellent real-world example of how Everdrone’s cutting-edge drone technology, fully integrated with emergency dispatch, can minimize the time for access to life-saving AED equipment”, says CEO of Everdrone, Mats Sällström.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TIME.NEWS

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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