Mission Orbis – Flying Inside the World’s Only Flying Hospital

Mission Orbis – Flying Inside the World’s Only Flying Hospital

– Behind me, this is a
very special aeroplane. It’s the Flying Eye Hospital. I hope you guys can watch
every minute of this video because we will donate all the proceeds of this video to the Flying
Eye Hospital for a great cause. (dramatic music) Let’s go inside and explore. (dramatic music) – [Co-pilot] Runway one-two, cleared for takeoff. Orbis One heavy. (dramatic music) – Well we just arrived at Jeddah. – [Female] It’s Sam’s birthday. – Not everyday you have a birthday. – [Male] Orbis One to Windy 1-4-0-0-4 not delayed to runway two-one. (dramatic music) – Welcome to Africa. Whole Flying Eye Hospital
is sprung into action soon. We are at the local hospital. Tomorrow you’ll be going
on the Flying Eye Hospital to have the surgery. (dramatic music) All right, we’ll all dressed up. So, we’re now going to the recovery room. How did the surgery go? (dramatic music) When aviation and medicine came together, that is a brilliant idea. There’s nothing more beautiful than you can actually see the beautiful world with your beautiful eyes. Today we’re flying a
very special aeroplane. Look at this behind me, the
MD-10 Orbis Flying Eye Hospital. (dramatic music) Let’s go inside, explore the
Flying Eye Hospital MD-10. (dramatic music) – And right now, this is the classroom, but as we’re about to take off to Ghana, we are obviously using
it for the passengers. So we have everybody sitting down here, but when we go to the programme, when we’re in Ghana, this classroom will be
full of local doctors all learning and watching the operating in the back of the plane. (dramatic music) So, you can see here, this is the microscope all strapped down as cargo, and all the machines and all the equipment for the operation room
is in here stowed away. – Oh, this is massive. Look at, you know, you would not even think this is actually
inside an aeroplane, but this is absolutely massive. (dramatic music) Thank you so much giving a
quick glimpse of the plane before we take off. I must say it’s so clean inside. Everything just, if not
better than hospital standard. – Amazing and wait ’till you see it when it’s all in hospital mode in a few days time.
– This is unreal. I can’t wait to see it. (dramatic music) – Hi, I’m Gary Dyson. I’m the chief pilot for Orbis, and it’s a wonderful mission to do, and I’m going to show you what’s
it like to do a walk-around around the MD-10, Flying Eye Hospital. (upbeat rock music) Well, the first thing we do
is we start at the nose here. (upbeat rock music) Make sure all the accesses are closed, no leaks. Check that one’s all good and snug. These are CF6-50c2 engines. All the panels are secure. Good shape on all four. (upbeat rock music) Good walk-around. Everything was in place, no leaks. Everything is where it’s supposed to be. There’s just one thing to check ’cause when they finally
close the aft cargo door, I’ll go make sure they lock it properly and then that’ll be a complete walk-around and ready to go. (upbeat rock music) – Welcome aboard Orbis One. We’re flying today from
Dubai World Airport, and we’ll be going, stopping in Jeddah on
the way to Accra, Ghana. We’ll be cruising at a
flight level 320 today at about MAC 82, and we’re happy to have you all aboard. – [Sam] And I heard that today
is a husband and wife team in the pilots in the captain seats here. – That’s true. Yes, I’m flying with my husband. It’s his first trip with Orbis and he’s our captain today. – Hi, I’m Captain Pete Betzer. Welcome aboard. – So Captain, I wanna know what is the difference
between a DC-10 and the MD-10 ’cause this is MD-10. – This is the MD-10. This was developed by FedEx. We had DC-10s and MD-11s, and basically to keep the
aircraft running and alive and eliminate a crew-member, we’ve basically put an
MD-11 cockpit in a DC-10, hence the MD-10. – And this aeroplane is
also donated from FedEx? – It is– – And you guys are also pilots from FedEx.
– Yes, we’re all current FedEx employees, except for Gary. He just retired from FedEx. – (laughing) Last week. Congratulations. – All right, so you guys
taking off your time to fly for Orbis as a volunteer. – Yes.
– [Sam] To do this. – And this is all done on
our days off or vacation time or however we can squeeze it
into our normal FedEx schedule. (dramatic music) – [Air Traffic Control]
(mumbling) completed. Please set parking brakes and you are clear to start engines. – Parking brake is set. We’re startin’ ’em. – [Air Traffic Control] Brakes un-set. – [Co-Pilot] Starboard closed. – [Pilot] It’s on one? (dramatic music) – About 10 ground, Orbis
One heavy, ready for taxi. – [Air Traffic Control]
Orbis One, taxi is (mumbles), whiskey one one, left whisky, Victor one holding point. Runway one-two. (engines revving) – [Co-Pilot] Orbis One heavy. Up whisky one, 1-1-8-6-2-5. – [Air Traffic Control]
Orbis One, fly in Victor one, line up runway one-two. – [Co-pilot] Five Victor
one, line up and wait, runway one-two. Orbis one heavy. – [Air Traffic Control] Orbis one, surface one, zero niner, zero creed, that’s five knots, runway one-two. Clear for takeoff. – [Co-Pilot] Runway one-two. Clear for takeoff. Orbis one heavy. – [Computer] One, two. – Watch out, you have the aeroplane. – [Co-Pilot] I have the aeroplane? Set max power, no auto-throttles. (engine revving) – [Pilot] (mumbles) Rotate. (plane humming) On three.
– [Co-Pilot] You’re up. – [Air Traffic Control] Orbis one, contact my (mumbles)
radar, one, two, four, decimal, zero, two, five. Good morning. – 1-2-4-0-2-5. Good-day, Orbis one heavy. (feelgood music) – This is a bear who
hasn’t got his eyesights, and the mission of Orbis
is to regain the eyesights. He’ll look very happy like this. (feelgood music) Antonio here is preparing
for our breakfast on board, but actually, Antonio is
not a flight attendant. He’s a volunteer flight attendant. He’s actually an eye surgeon. He’s going to Ghana to
train the local doctors to do the preventive on
the blindness on the eye. He’s got multi-tasking here. – And my CV’s very special, eye surgeon and flight
attendant for Orbis. – Very special, unique. (chuckling) (feelgood music) All right, thank you very much. We have a box breakfast here, which has croissant, fruits and a cream cheese omelettes. Wow, it’s pretty good. Look at this. (feelgood music) Yummy. (feelgood music) So earlier before we take off, we were shown what’s behind
in the cargo compartment, which is the laser room, the operation theatre and the recovery room. During the flight, this door is locked, so you’re not able to access. So, what we will so you
is when we land in Ghana. The next day, the whole
aeroplane is going to convert into the Flying Eye Hospital. (deep electronic music) (pilots conversing) (deep electronic music) – [Pilot] Got a tower, Orbis one. 10 mile final, three, four left. – [Air Traffic Control]
Orbis one, (mumbles). Continue approach on a two, four left. Six, two, traffic departing, go ahead. – (mumbles) Continue approach, Orbis one. (deep electronic music) (Pilot conversing) – [Air Traffic Control] Orbis one, wind showing two, three, zero degrees. Zero niner knots, 1-0-2 for lift. Clear to land it. – We don’t have three,
four left, Orbis one. – [Computer] 100. 50, 40, 30, 20, 10. (wheel squeaking) – (mumbles) deployed. (wheels landing) (Pilot mumbling) – [Air Traffic Control]
Orbis one, confirm joining bravo seven? – [Co-Pilot] Joining
bravo seven, Orbis one. (relaxing rock music) Silhouette is clear. – Well, we just arrived at Jeddah. It’s crazy hot here at noon. It’s probably like 40
degrees with high wind, but look at this. Lines and lines of 747s
earlier when we taxied, triple seven. This place is massive, massive wide bodied aeroplane. Behind me here, right here, this is the hatch terminal. This is the world’s
biggest terminal basically. Can process thousands and
ten and thousands of pilgrims during the hatch season. So, it’s pretty cool we’re parking in the unique place like this. The MD-10 has a range. It can also reach non-stop
from Dubai to Accra, right? It’s kinda like– – Just right on the edge of the limit, and just to be a little more comfortable, we decide to make a fuel stop, so that we would have more options if the weather was bad when we got there or something unexpected. – How long you think this MD-10 can last? ‘Cause this is a 1973 built frame, DC-10 originally. – In the years this aeroplane was built, really don’t have expected
life on the airframe, but this aeroplane was
refurbished when it was changed from a passenger aeroplane
to a cargo aeroplane back in the 80s, and then it was refreshed
again when it was changed from a DC-10 to a MD-10. This airframe, it’ll last
as long as Orbis needs it, probably in 10 years or so, they may change to a different
aeroplane that’s newer because we don’t put many hours on it or many cycles on it, theoretically it would
last forever (laughs). – My friend, Leo, here, he’s a senior, 24 years at Orbis, and he’s rotated as flight
attendant on this flight. Right now, the aeroplanes
getting re-serviced. Refuelling underway and also our crew just went
down to check the catering. We gonna have fresh
catering come on board. Then we can off to Ghana. (relaxing rock music) – [Pilot] Zero, one, two. – [Co-Pilot] Zero, one, two. Hi, welcome back. We’re gettin’ ready to leave Jeddah on our way to Accra, Ghana. We flying at 30,000 feet on the way over at MAC 82 again, and we’ll be crossing, after leaving Jeddah, we’ll
be crossing the Red Sea, and flying through Sudan, on to Chad, through Cameroon and Togo, on our way to Ghana. (feelgood music) – [Air Traffic Control]
Orbis one, wind showing two, six, zero degrees. One, zero knots. Runway three-four left. Clear for takeoff. Air one, one, two, four. (speaking foreign language) – [Co-Pilot] Clear for takeoff. Three, four, left. Orbis one heavy. – [Air Traffic Control] Air one frequency, one, two, four, decimal zero. – [Co-Pilot] Departure one, two, four, decimal zero. Orbis one heavy. (engine revving) (feelgood music) – It’s almost 3:00pm in Dubai, so we had a long day. We started at 5:30 in the morning, and everybody’s hungry now. We having some snacks, potato chips, cheese, bread, sandwiches, and then our main course today, the main course is beefsteak
with peppercorn sauce or chicken breast grilled
with potato, carrots and peas. (feelgood music) The steak’s not bad. (feelgood music) – It’s Sam’s birthday. So, we wanna give him a little surprise. (feelgood music) – Oh! ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ – Thank you! ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ – This is wonderful. ♪ Happy birthday dear Sam ♪ ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ – Oh thank you! Thank you so much.
(clapping) Thank you. This is so wonderful. (laughing) (feelgood music) Not everyday do you
get to fly Orbis MD-10, and not everyday you have a birthday, and you cutting a birthday
cake on the Orbis MD-10. (feelgood music) – After about five hours of flying, we’re about to start
our descent into Accra. We’re pretty much a visible approach. We’re just planning a
visuals runway two-one. Backed up with the aisle
S to runway two-one. Heavy weight landing in
this aeroplane always, so I’ll use about 8000 foot
of runway on the roll-out. Should be uneventful. – [Air Traffic Control] Orbis one, the wind is 1-4-0-0-4 knots
to land runway two-one. – [Co-Pilot] (mumbles)
Runway two-one, Orbis one. – [Computer] 100, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10. (wheels deploying) (aeroplane rumbling) – [Co-Pilot] (mumbles) deployed. (plane humming) Eight knots. 60. Go to the edge. – [Pilot] Now clear. (feelgood music) Nice job, sunshine. – Nice job, you. (feelgood music) – Welcome to Africa. Behind me, this is a
very special aeroplane. It’s the Flying Eye Hospital. I hope you guys can watch
every minute of this video because we will donate all
the proceeds of this video to the Flying Eye Hospital
for a great cause. (upbeat rock music) Welcome back, day two. Today, the Orbis plane’s gonna transform from a Flying Eye Hospital. Let’s check it out. (upbeat rock music) – This room has many functions on board the Flying Eye Hospital. It is our patient care area and a patient waiting room. It can serve as a simulation centre and also can serve as
a laser treatment area on board the Flying Eye Hospital. – Antonio, yesterday you
were the flight attendant. Serving beef and chicken today. (laughing) You’re actually the most important
guy in this room I guess. You’re the doctor. You’re a laser doctor, right? – Right, now we’re setting up our clinic to do the clinical work in the week. – Right, and you’re
checking all the medicines– – Yes. – and supplies and stocks, so the patient doesn’t have to buy. You have all the stocks ready here. – Every patient that we treat, we provide the treatment
after the surgery. – Hello, I’m Peter Moore, an anesthesiologist on the
Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, and what you are seeing at the moment is the plane is now being transformed into a hospital. We’re now in the operating room and now we’ve gotta unpack it and re-establish all our equipment. We have our anaesthesia machine
strapped down over here. The operating microscope
is also strapped down, ready for release. In a few hours, this room will be like a regular hospital, a fully accredited, ambulatory
care operating room. (upbeat rock music) – So Sam, what you’re seeing right now is the team setting up our pre and post-operative care room, where we have space
for three patient beds. (upbeat rock music) We have a male and female changing room. This can be used by both the Orbis staff as well as our trainees and participants to get changed before and
after their surgical training, and it also serves as a locker room for all of our staff. So, our staff carry
some supplies with them on board the plane at all times. (upbeat rock music) You’re seeing the plane
transforming on the inside, but there is a lot of
work going on to transform the plane on the outside as well. Let’s go take a look. (hard rock music) (forklift revving) (scissor lift beeping) (hard rock music) – Now we’re off-loading
all of our equipment to run the aircraft in hospital mode. We have air conditioners. We have ground power units. We have generators and air conditioning and med gas. So, everything is loaded in the forward and aft cargo compartments of the aeroplane, and we’re taking all that
off now and loading it and setting it up for the hospital. Oh, it takes us probably about half a day, maybe four or five hours because once we get it all unloaded, we have to hook it all up, lots of cables. It’s very heavy work. (hard rock music) – You see there’s lots
and lots of boxes behind. These are off-loaded from the aeroplane, from the cargo hold, and these will go to local
towns and local hospitals for medical supplies. (rock music) Pretty smooth today, an hour and 20 minutes, the stairs hooked up, the two generators out, all the modulars out here. The power’s ready to come out, so I’m gonna go inside, take a quick look. (rock music) This is normally for
cargo hold of the MD-10. – I said it’s a secret
maintenance hideaway. Don’t tell anybody. – This is my office. – This is a pretty unique hideout place in the forward cargo, underneath the MD-10, and to take a break away
from the heat outside. – So, this is the maintenance desk. This is the bio-met.
(crashing) So, the bio-met can watch all
it’s med gas and all that. (hard rock music) – This is incredible. They’re transforming with this unit here hooked up to power to the remaining units with two generator behind hooked up to this unit. This unit can hook up
the rest of the unit. The whole Flying Eye Hospital
is sprung into action soon. (hard rock music) – Now, we have to carry
everything with us, including our medical supplies. So, they’re carried in
these three LD3 containers. These containers were made special for us with added shelving. So, this is where the nurses come to re-stock what they need upstairs. (hard rock music) (hammer hitting) (hard rock music) – There’s a secret stairway like this, a secret passage from the cargo deck now back down to the main deck. Quick way to get in. (hard rock music) So after a couple hours of hard work, the whole Flying Eye
Hospital is transformed and ready for the patients. (upbeat electronic music) We are at the local hospital, the Korle Bu Hospital. Behind is the lines eye centre. So we’re gonna go in and
Orbis team will be here to provide on-sight support
and screening some patients to bring them to the Flying Eye Hospital. (upbeat electronic music) – Sam, welcome to Korle
Bu Teaching Hospital. Today, we’re treating
approximately 100 patients for surgery. We have four sub-specialties,
two cataracts. These two rooms behind me, glaucoma and medical retina treatment. After patients are selected for surgery, they go for a check-up
with our anesthesiologist down the hallway and they’ll also go through
a nursing education centre. (upbeat electronic music) – My name is Dr. Hunter. I’m from the United States. We’re here in Ghana in
a medical retina clinic with our volunteer faculty
member, Dr. James Waylon. Diabetes is an ingrowing
cause of blindness around the world, and that’s something today we’re teaching how to both diagnose
and treat with lasers. Thank you so much for being here. (upbeat electronic music) – Mary has a cataract, a dense cataract, and glaucoma, so we’re gonna do her left
eye tomorrow at the plane. We’re gonna remove the cataract and put a lens inside, so you can see, okay? (upbeat electronic music) – An elegant dress. You’re in your best dress
to come to the hospital. Tomorrow you’ll be going
on the Flying Eye Hospital to have the surgery. Then you shall see the world again. – Thanks. – You’re travelling
first-class tomorrow, okay? – First-class all the way. (laughing) (upbeat electronic music) – You stay here and then
they will transport you to the plane tomorrow. Okay? Once your procedure is done, you will see how handsome I am. Now I’m very blurry. When it’s done, you’ll say, “Oh my god.” (laughing) – Okay, thank you. Okay. (upbeat electronic music) (motorcycle engine revving) (upbeat rock music) – Welcome back to the Flying
Eye Hospital plane today. Yesterday, as you recall,
we were in the hospital with the Orbis team doing some
screening of the patients, and today, these patients
were brought in by ambulance to the aeroplane today to have
the live surgery done today. (upbeat rock music) The ambulance just
brought in the patients, so we got two patients here today doing the cataracts eye surgery. So, they are here. – And then everything is ready, we will bring you there. Okay, but you just have
to wait here, all right? (upbeat rock music) – So, right now, there’s
a live surgery going on in the operating room, and they also have a live
broadcast to the classroom in front of the aeroplane. So, that trains the local doctors and people dial in from all
over the world over internet to watch the live surgery and learn. (upbeat rock music) – This is a cataract simulator, so we are going to try the first steps of the cataract surgery. One of the first step is a capsulorhexis. So, we are going to make the (mumbles) interior capsule. Then we are going to the capsulorhexis. This is one of the harder
part of the cataract surgery, so we have to practise
a lot this, this step to improve the surgery. (upbeat rock music) (water running) (upbeat rock music) (door slams) (upbeat rock music) – We’ll keep you off
the pavement, all right? The bridge and done.
(shrieking) Excellent.
(laughing) (yelps) – All right, we’re all dressed up. So, we’re now in the,
going to the recovery room. How did the surgery go? – Oh, it was great. Mary was a great patient. What we did was remove the cloudiness of her crystalline lens and replaced it with an artificial lens, and everything was perfect. A very successful procedure. – And when will she expect
to start to seeing and, – Tomorrow actually. Today, she’ll see a little bit haziness due to the swelling of the cornea, but tomorrow when she wakes up, it will be much, much clearer, and it gradually improve
within the next few days. – That’s fantastic. Tomorrow you will start to see. You will have a perfect vision. See the beautiful world as it is. – We were very happy that
we were able to do it and it came out perfect. – Thank you, thank you, Doctor. – Congratulations, Mary. (upbeat rock music) – Goodbye. There’s nothing more beautiful than you can actually
see the beautiful world in your beautiful eyes. I’m with the CEO of Orbis here, but I just wanna tell you what an aviation and
medicine came together, that is a brilliant idea. – Well, thank you. It’s innovation and that’s the spirit of what Orbis does. We effect live. We effect communities. We effect economies and none of it’s possible
without the support of our donors around the world, the individual people who
care about transforming lives, and so, I would encourage everybody who’s enjoyed Sam’s
work to look it through the link that he’s gonna put on this piece of artwork, really, and use it to support Orbis and the work that we do around the world. – I will be donate all the
proceeds from this video to Orbis and also you can play a huge role and change the way the world sees by donating here. – Mary, hello! How are you?
– Fine. – How was your night? Good? No pain or anything?
– No pain. – Great. Mary just had a vision test. We tested to see what was
her vision the first day. Again, we’re not very worried about that. We just wanna make sure
that she feels better, but we wanna see what’s
her unaided vision, which was pretty good today, 6/12 unaided. In a weeks time, we’ll remeasure it and see if she needs any glasses to correct for any astigmatism
that she might have had before surgery, and obviously her reading glasses, but she was very happy, and we have a saying that
today she was 20 happy. (clapping) (laughing) We’re so happy for you, okay? – I’m very happy. – Congratulations. – Now I can see everything great (laughs).

100 thoughts on “Mission Orbis – Flying Inside the World’s Only Flying Hospital

  1. Total bullshit … so a USSA corporation finances all of this yet Im an American citizen and can't see a doctor or get insurance? 1 more socialist vote from me!

  2. This video really touches me and makes me want to participate in this great cause. I wish I could have any skillset to be helpful but I don't. All the partners and volunteers are so incredible. Thank you Sam for spreading the message!

  3. Well done Mr. Chui. Well done indeed. Great that you brought focus to this humanitarian mission. As you put it a blend of medicine and aviation bringing much needed care and technology to remote parts of the world. This is a positive reflection of planes taking off from Dubai as their hub.

  4. ‏السلام عليكم ‏أنا من جدة أنا قد زرت ‏ ‏المطار ‏الجديد ‏في جدة Sam chui
    English: Hello I’m from Jeddah I did go to the new airport in Jeddah Sam chui

  5. Orbis came to my country to help great thanks goes to obisand a great thank goes to you sam .
    #samuel ofosu junior

  6. I worked with Dr Hunter Cherwek, He is an amazing guy, and ORBIS serving the noble cause… wish you guys all the best… that’s an awesome video Sam

  7. Wonderful Video Sam. I will be sending my donation and this Charity is now on my list for giving.. To FEDEX wonderful to sponsor this charity a give your employees the time to give back. I will take the time to try to send my packages using Fedex from this point…

  8. Orbis is such a great organization and I feel so privileged to be involved with their mission for the past 5 years. Fantastic people doing wonderful work in a unique setting.

  9. I wish if i could be a part of such a wonderful experience of a humanity.Any way better luck next time for me.

  10. Why don't they do it in the A380 instead of the md-10 , it'd be a lot smoother, I know they cost a lot but we could raise money….just a thought 😅

  11. Sam's internal clock for sleep must be so screwed up bc he goes through multiple time zones with their respective hour differences

  12. I’m currently a maintainer on the KC-10 (military version of the DC-10)in the USAF and man this aircraft super clean compared to ours

  13. nice vid, but honestly the whole thing seemed a bit costly for a couple of cataract surgeries let alone carbon footprint? Total operational costs for roundtrip flight had to be what, at least a couple hundred thousand? Why not just fly the two patients commercial to a hospital in India or Philippines to get the procedure done? Ten thousand tops per patient ?

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  15. So glad there are still people who care for others out there! Also for those who are suggesting they use a different plane, I'm guessing range, operating costs, and logistics play a BIG part in why they use the MD-10

  16. How about a retrofitted A380 for Social Service by a random NGO?
    Probably, a speciality hospital!
    Sponsored by the Super Rich

  17. Fantastic! I have donated directly to them. A one question though. Can the pilots log flying time for volunteer work or is it just company paid time? Also would love to know if Catering operators/ airport stands are free to the aircraft as a donation

  18. Sam, you have a huge following and the ability to educate your massive following. Africa is the 2nd largest continent with 54 countries. My jaw dropped when I heard that. Anyway, Ghana is beautiful.

  19. Very interesting …but why
    an eye surgery up in the air????? Is there a good reason???? Thank you for answering, Sam….

  20. I started an NCO back in 2007, I am also visually impaired. I have done some medical projects, but usually related to oral health, another very important area that often gets overlooked.

  21. Thank you Sam. I truly admire Doctors, medical staff and organisations who give back to the world, especially when it comes to vision. Something we all take for granted until we experience it ourselves. Well done Orbis.

  22. I love the way they wear their best dresses to go to Hospital/ORBIS to have the procedure done… It must be such a momentous occasion to get your sight back. I Love it.

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