Hi, I'm Hafiz Miraly. I'm a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, California and am participating on my first trip with Interplast. Being in Vietnam in a medical capacity has been an extraordinary experience. The country is beautiful and the people are gentle and friendly. On our first day we screened numerous patients ranging from 3 months old and up. In addition to seeing many children with cleft lips and palates, we also saw a host of patients with ptosis (drooping eyelids) and severe burn scars. As a pediatrician, I was responsible for doing a primary physical examination and getting a complete medical history on all patients, and essentially making sure that they were all healthy enough to undergo surgery. Subsequently, we make sure that everything goes smoothly post-operatively as well, until the patients are ready to go home. The entire team of nurses, surgeons and anesthetists has been really great. We have all been inspired and humbled by the gratitude and joy of the patients and their parents.