A drone has delivered a kidney to a transplant patient in an apparent world first.

The researcher leading the project hailed it as a triumph, and described it as "Uber for organs."

The patient, a 44-year old nursing assistant from Baltimore, spent the last eight years on dialysis.

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Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center are celebrating successfully carrying a kidney to a transplant patient using a drone, in what they claim is a world first.

The university published a video following the test delivery, although it is not made clear how far the organ travelled and what kind of advantage this gave the researchers over traditional transportation.

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