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St. Louis company eyes drones to deliver life-saving medical samples [Video]

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Organ Transplants

Mid-America Transport is engaging with the FAA and stakeholders, in hopes of launching test flights next year.

ST. LOUIS — There’s a new effort to save lives in Missouri with the assistance of drones. An organ transplant company is working with the FAA to soon begin transporting blood to St. Louis, in hopes it could one day lead to drones transporting life-saving organs.

“These are beyond line-of-sight drones…These are fixed wing drones. They have an 8-foot wingspan. They weigh approximately 40 pounds,” said Kevin Lee, president of Mid-America Transplant.

Flying high, you’re starting to see them fulfilling a variety of purposes from the sky. Now, a local organ transport company is eyeing drones in its quest to save lives.

“When it comes to those who are waiting for a life-saving transplant…time is of the essence,” Lee said.

The St. Louis company collects blood samples for potential organ-donors in Springfield, Missouri …

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