A DUTCH-based student has unveiled a prototype of an “ambulance drone”, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious lifesaving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100km/h.
“Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8 per cent survive,” Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University in the Netherlands on Tuesday.
“The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur within four to six minutes,” he said in a statement.
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