Inside the world’s only flying eye hospital | CNBC Reports


253 million people in the world
that are visually impaired, 36 million of
them are blind. 75 percent of those people that
are visually impaired do not have to be. This is the world’s
only flying eye hospital. It’s a training hospital run by
volunteer medical professionals that treats people in some
of the poorest parts of the world. We’ve been as an
organization to 93 countries. We don’t go one
and done and gone. We just finished the aero in Peru where
we had a 10-year program with them so it’s all about sustainable
education within these countries. See the fuel nozzle? Yeah. So that’s the way you would
normally refuel the airplane. We push the fuel out to our
equipment and burn jet A. Orbis is a nonprofit NGO
that runs solely on donations and for their sponsors, it is an opportunity
to be part of something unique. The training we provide, the
supplies for which we provide, the surgery for which we
provide, all free of charge. The hospital area is nine
pallets or module configurations. This is our first one.
This is our admin room. We have access to the
lower compartment where our aircraft maintenance
and biomedical engineering for the hospital lies. So if this was a commercial plane
this would be where your luggage… …where your luggage would go. We have toolboxes, spare parts,
monitoring systems instead of that. Everything you would have in a
regular building, we have in this airplane. Internet connection? Internet connection,
sure do. That’s his job. We can control every camera
in the airplane here. We can zoom in,
zoom out. The NGO says they’ve trained
more than 10,000 doctors, conducted nearly
13 million eye exams and performed nearly
350,000 eye surgeries all on this specially
designed plane. We make our own
hospital grade oxygen. We purify water to kill every
bacteria known to man. Separate power system, separate water
system, separate cooling system that has nothing to
do with the airplane. We have a liquid cooling
system in the hospital. Airplanes don’t have liquid
cooling systems, they use air. One of the most common questions we
get is, do we do surgeries in the air? No. Omar is one of our ophthalmologists on board
the aircraft, our staff ophthalmologist. And he’s actually doing
something that’s very similar to what aviation people would
understand as a simulator. They can train the skills, so let’s say, do
cataract surgery like removing a lens. Inside here is the
surgeons’ theater right? And this is a
viewing gallery? Certainly it’s the
operating room, the OR. On the ground, very little movement,
very thick, has wood built into it. So the vibration is cut down so it doesn’t
affect the microscope. You look here, you might even want to
take a look through our 3D glasses. The side of his eye has
been pulled to one side. That’s this right here to separate
the eye lid to keep it up open. It’s making my stomach
turn a little bit. Well, yeah don’t
pass out on us. The front of the plane serves as a normal
cabin to transport the team but for the students it’s the classroom. They will see just as if they were looking
through the microscope themselves. We would zoom in, captured on video
and audio, pass that along to the trainees so they can review it
multiple times over and over. It’s just a pretty slick way
to be able to teach people. Orbis will only go to
a country if invited and then work with local hospitals
to provide the training they want. But what happens
when they leave? All these procedures can be done in their
hospital, with the equipment they have, with the services
they provide. It’s not us just going into their country
and we’re teaching them. There’s a lot of cases
they’re teaching us. You’ll see on this airplane, we can have as
many as 15 different nationalities working together for
the same cause.

9 thoughts on “Inside the world’s only flying eye hospital | CNBC Reports

  1. That airplane can buy a medical convoy of 100 electrict semi with fully functioning equipment .can visit any remote areas where a jumbo jet cannot visit. . I'm talking using clean renewable energy, better more efficient use of resources and donors money

  2. Asombroso, me encanta esta nueva tecnologia oftalmologica, espero algun día ir a conocer el Flying Eye Hospital, se ve genial!!!

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