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USA Today Network Sydney Neely, The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal 6:05 p.m. EDT June 17, 2016

FedEx and Orbis employees stand in front of the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital after its official christening at the FedEx Express World Hub on Thursday.(Photo: Yalonda M. James/The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal)

MEMPHIS From the outside, the world's only airborne eye hospital resembles a normal aircraft. But, instead of first-class and coach seats,this plane has a 46-seat classroom[1]and 3-D film and broadcast capabilities.

It's the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, a teaching laboratory run by Orbis International, a nonprofit that fights blindness throughout the world.

On Thursday, Orbis unveiled its third-generation Flying Eye Hospital at the FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis. FedEx donated the freight plane, and Orbis raised between $30 million and $40 million to convert it into an eye hospital.

To transform the plane into a hospital, hundreds of experts in the field of avionics and hospital engineering came together to design the plane, which includes an audiovisual room, patient-care and laser-treatment rooms, an operating room, sterilization room, and recovery room.

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News source: USA Today

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