Fortis mulls use of drones for heart transplants

Thane: The Fortis hospital in Mulund here is planning to collaborate with IIT-Bombay to employ drones to transport hearts in case of transplants in a bid to save travel time and lives.

Addressing a gathering at Fortis, Mulund yesterday night, Dr Anvay Mulay, Head of Cardiac transplant team said the hospital was with the help of IIT, planning to make use of drones to transport hearts from one location to another.

"This will reduce the time taken in the present traffic congestion in Mumbai. The weight of the heart is very less and the deadline for its transplant is very short and hence we have to compete with time," he said.

Mulay said the entire project was in the planning stages and requisite permits from various agencies including police and airport authorities would be obtained soon.