I researched medical drone applications for transplant organ transportation. I published research. I learned how different countries handle organ transplant procurement. In Iran, they pay the donor. In the US, a voluntary donor pays the hospital. In China, they kill you and steal your organs.
Despite performing around 120,000 organ transplants from 1977 to 2009, according to Allison et al., Chinese officials admitted to only 130 being voluntary by end 2009
This is an abomination. That’s only up into the Aughts. I can oly assume the number is MUCH MUCH HIGHER.
The China Organ Transplant Response System (COTRS,http://www.cot.org.cn ) is the sole legitimate official organ allocation computer system in China. Starting from September 1, 2013, all community-based donated deceased organs are mandated to be allocated through COTRS. Out of COTRS allocation is forbidden and subjected to the revoke of license of organ transplantation and possible incrimination according to the Amendment VIII of Criminal Law. Thus, COTRS documented every legitimate organ donation and allocation since then
In the US, all organs go through a similar process. OPTN uses an advanced algorithm to determine best fits, and those decisions determine an appropriate match between donor and recipient. An although your license likely has “Organ Donor” stamped on it, only 3% of organs received from auto wrecks go into recipients. Death is declared at the hospital. Getting there takes time. Victims perish, their organs begin to degrade, and, due to lack of oxygen and other factors, become garbage before the body arrives at the hospital. A person dead because of a broken neck in a car wreck could theoretically save eight people if it were to crash directly into the hospital capable of performing a transplant.
There are roughly 60 intake centers for organs in the US. For almost 400 million people. Twenty to thirty people die every day in the US waiting for organs, and the cost of keeping them alive, prepared, and eased out through outpatient services is costly. Figures easily reach billions of dollars a year.
So, China could choose to develop transplant organ delivery drones and update bio-monitoring diagnostic equipment in ambulances and police cars, and move towards an ethical solution with a critical decision to use delivery drones. So could the US, but reforms are slow and hag-ridden by partisan politics.