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Drones to the rescue! See the incredible new drone that could save your life

Drones to the rescue! See the incredible new drone that could save your life

Love them or hate them, there's no denying that drones can do some pretty impressive things.

They've helped make some awesome music videos, can help farmers monitor their crops and they can even be used by police to track down criminals.

Now, Alec Momont, a Belgian engineering student, has unleashed his ambulance drone -  a drone that can help save heart attack victims with its attached defibrillator.

The drone is yellow, has six propellers and can carry up to four kilograms. In the future, Momont wants the drone to carry more than just a defibrillator and become more of a "flying medical toolbox" and carry other supplies like oxygen masks or insulin injections.

Even better, the drone will use GPS to navigate and can pinpoint a victim's location. Then, thanks to the drone's camera, a paramedic can talk to and direct whoever is helping the victim via live webcam.

After looking at the stats, a defibrillator drone makes perfect sense.

"Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive," Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University.

"The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes," he said in a statement.

"The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, reducing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent."

That's pretty amazing, but we will have to wait a little bit longer before the technology hits the mainstream. Momont's plans are to have an operational medical drone network set up in the Netherlands within the next five years.

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Source: Yahoo! News
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