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July 16, 2019

Orbis Delivers Sight to a Child in Jamaica

When Trevorn was 8 years old, he found himself in the midst of an absolute living nightmare. At his primary school in Jamaica, one of his classmates made a catapult that fired a pencil which struck Trevorn without warning, squarely in the eye. After two emergency surgeries the pencil was removed and the lens was

November 8, 2018

Orbis Plane Brings Gift of Sight to 4-Year-Old Boy in Mongolia

In this video, follow a 4-year-old Mongolian boy home to his traditional ger (yurt) after a vision-saving surgery performed by Orbis on the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital. Orbis operates a donated former FedEx cargo plane that was converted into an engineering marvel: a fully self-contained Flying Eye Hospital. The plane travels to some of

October 11, 2016

Seeing the Light: Eight Days in China On Board a Flying Eye Hospital

As I watched the last piece of surgical equipment being loaded onto the MD-10 aircraft, I was struck by the mission before me—watching first hand as a portable hospital took shape, one that will fly to people in need instead of the other way around. This is an opportunity for me to witness Orbis’ sight-saving

June 16, 2016

Take a Virtual Tour of the New Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Video: The new Orbis MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital - conversion, painting, & virtual tour of the plane. Also see designs and stories about how they did it.

October 30, 2014

Purple is as Purple Does: The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Stops in Peru

As a FedEx Express employee for the last nine years, I’ve been very proud of our company’s generosity. FedEx donates to schools and educational programs across the world, recently making a substantial donation to Mid South Community College for its aviation maintenance technician training program. FedEx Express has repeatedly deployed aircraft and team members to transport life-saving emergency supplies in the aftermath of hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and other disasters.

April 10, 2014

Corporate Social Responsibility is Key to Successful Business

Many of us take for granted the little things we can accomplish every day because we have the ability to see what is in front of us.  Literally--we have eyesight.  We move quickly and easily thanks to our vision. 

June 28, 2013

The Economy of Health Care: Why Breakthroughs in Medicine Create Growing Demand

How old is the oldest person you know personally?  80?  90?  100? These numbers are well within reach given today’s life expectancy.  Had I asked the same question in 1913 instead of 2013, the answers may have been more like 50 or 55.  The average life expectancy continues to rise, and with it, new trends in the global health care industry.

July 26, 2012

Oshkosh Wakes Up from Sleepy Town to Aviation Capital

Greetings from Wittman International Airport! It’s unbelievable how many people are already here in Oshkosh, where for one week it transforms from a quiet little place into the Aviation Capital of the World. I’m always amazed how this extravaganza gets me excited every time I come here. It just brings the kid out in me, as I suspect it does for most people who come here. You can’t help getting excited looking at everything there is to see here, and watching the air show performances.