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. Watching the entire video for the great cause and for the great channel. Another brilliant video 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿👌🏼

  2. Hi mr. Sam Chui,
    I wish that we are in 1970
    To fly by sudan airways was The best airline in Africa and the middle east
    Your big fan.omer

  3. DC-10, MD-10 and MD-11 are my favorite commercial planes, and it's wonderful to see this gorgeous bird doing such great things for the world.

  4. Brilliant video; it also looks like a logistical nightmare. I really appreciate what the Orbis team does for those people. Thank you.

  5. Great to see you in my motherland Ghana and introducing you the exposure of our beautiful country to the world, funny enough I'm in Ghana on holiday at the moment!

  6. As a medical student and an aviation enthusiast this video combines two of the things that I love most
    This video is just perfect so is your channel. Keep up the good work Sam and I wish you all the best 😍

  7. @samchui OMG!! This is amazing what a beautiful cause!!! Beautiful people!!! Thank you for sharing it. It is so nice to see they are some goods going on in this world. 💚💚💚

  8. Imagine all those soon to be retired A380's converted into 2-floor flying hospitals, capable of treating dozens of patients an hour. Now imagine such a fleet of A380's dedicated to the service of mankind – the perfect combination of aviation + medicine. That's a cause I would certainly support!

  9. Amazing what lengths people go to help those in need, great work Orbis team and Sam! First plane I’ve been inside before Sam!

  10. I been watching your videos for a while now. I been flying all over the world since I was 6 months old and the last 10 years I been afraid to fly but watching your videos have made me not afraid anymore

  11. “There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing the beautiful world with your beautiful eyes “ what a beautiful comment this is

  12. always nice to see volunteers are ready to work for Humanity first, thanks so much my inspire and role model @ Sam Chui✈✈✈🙏🙏😊💖😍always Gods mercy be with us all. love from Mysore – India💖💖🙏😊👍

  13. wow Sam, I'm glad you flew to Accra- Ghana on the Orbis Flying Hospital. I must say the content in the video is heartwarming, very glad there are a few good guys in the world who are willing to help unconditionally

  14. it's an amazing combination of an old plane and an innovated new eye surgery equipment.As a doctor I find this an extraordinary effort to help people around the globe.Excellent work by these amazing persons.You too Sam for bringing it on

  15. I love the MD-10 callouts (and for that fact, all of the McDonnel Douglas callouts). Lol, the voice tho…

  16. Excellent video Sam!! Seen plenty of pics and vids externally, but never seen a video showing how it is all set up and how it all works! Superb!

  17. I enjoyed this video a lot! If you consider adding spanish subtitles, please count me in for the job (native Spaniard here).

  18. My dad's an eye surgeon and i saw an article about them in his monthly doctor's mag, been fascinated about them. Thanks for showing more

  19. every airport visited by this aircraft must be free of runway rental and landing fees and ground supporting equipment.

  20. Sam, this was an amazing video! my dad runs an eye Hospital in Philadelphia PA and I enjoyed watching this. This is wonderful!!

  21. In the beginning you question why having a hospital on an airplane is wise, however this is great to treat patients in more isolated and corrupt countries (Africa) so that the charity in not falling into hand of locals (who are corrupt) but volunteers. Many charity hospitals in Africa get raided and robbed. This is very wise. Nice video sam

  22. Nice video yet The video did not really explain much about the Flying hospital or just a flying eye Hospital?? Still waiting for Sam to explain the plain more than they have. There a hospital ship and now a hospital Plane?

  23. Oh God, those crew seats look uncomfortable as hell. You really couldn't find a better softer leather with all the charity income they have? I understand you can't use cloth either but those seats look like solid plastic and probably feel like it.

  24. Airlines could buy this plane and if there is an emergency landing they can put the passengers on the plane and fly back to the destination airport

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