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Drone Transports Human Kidney For Transplant

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. The University of Maryland Medical Center got a special delivery by drone - a human kidney for transplant. It was a short flight, but the drone was custom-built to be able to monitor the precious payload while in the air.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Temperature's appropriate. Organ doesn't appear to be injured at all. Looks like a perfectly transplantable organ.

MARTIN: It was. The kidney made it into a woman from Baltimore who had spent eight years on dialysis. She said, this whole thing is amazing. Yep. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.