December 11, 2008

A Moment in Time: December 11, 2007

Just one year ago today, the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital landed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the first time and conducted the 100th program of the ORBIS DC-10. Even still, those two milestones weren’t the only significant events that occurred.

Cambodian Dr Phara Khauv—one of only eight ophthalmologists in the nation—became the third FedEx Fellow. The FedEx Fellows program designates two ophthalmologists per year to complete one- to three-month fellowships at some of the world’s leading eye institutes. This past spring, Dr Khauv completed his fellowship in pediatrics at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Dr Khauv received training under the mentorship of ORBIS volunteer faculty Dr Dan Neely; the two have been collaborating on pediatric cases for years through ORBIS’s telemedicine initiative Cyber-Sight. At the end of his two-month fellowship, Dr Khauv returned to Cambodia with expanded training and knowledge of pediatric eye care; skills that he will be able to pass on to his colleagues and use to treat Cambodia’s growing youth population.

You can read more about Dr Khauv’s journey in our 2008 Annual Report, “Now I Can See,” which will be mailed out to our donors in the coming weeks. To request a copy, email

Dr Khauv Annual Report
A view of Dr Khauv's story in ORBIS's 2008 Annual Report