Dr. Saad Saad has spent most of his life caring for the wellbeing of children around the world. As a pediatric surgeon, he has performed complicated surgeries that have saved many lives. He has been sought out by many doctors and nonprofit groups to assist in complex medical matters.
Dr. Saad Saad has performed surgeries free of charge several times in his career to patients who required immediate medical assistance but did not have the funds capable of paying for care.
The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is an organization that helps to connect poor Arab children from the Middle East with a doctor who can provide them with necessary medical assistance. The organization has asked Dr. Saad’s help to care for children both here in the United States and in Palestine. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://chronicleweek.com/2018/04/dr-saad-saad-medical-missions/ and https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-saad-saad-ys6d8
The PCRF first sought Dr. Saad Saad to help a fifteen-year-old boy who had been shot several times by the West Bank. The local surgeons were able to keep the boy alive, but they felt the complications from the gunshot wounds were beyond their expertise, so they sent him to seek treatment in the United States. Dr. Saad Saad observed the boy and felt that his situation warranted immediate complex medical treatment. The boy underwent a seven-hour surgery to mend his gunshot wounds and fix any internal damage that had been caused. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
The PCRF later asked Dr. Saad Saad to treat a young boy who had been hit in one of his legs with a bomb. The boy had once been a reputable soccer player, but after his injury, he was unable to walk and was forced to get around in a wheelchair. He needed a nerve transplant in order to walk again. Dr. Saad Saad considered a nerve transplant to be beyond him, however, he sought a doctor who could safely perform the procedure. Eleven months later, the boy returned to Palestine being able to walk, as well a play his favorite sport.
There were eight times in which Dr. Saad Saad had been asked by the PCRF if he could travel to Palestine and provide free medical care to children in need. Dr. Saad Saad gave several reasons why he felt obligated to travel to Palestine and offer his services.
First, he believes in performing charitable works and believes those who lack the appropriate funds to pay for medical care should still be helped. Another reason that he traveled to Palestine was to teach young, ambitious Palestinian doctors.
He felt that training in the United States as a doctor played a huge role in his own success, and was also the reason he was so knowledgeable. He also felt that he could save the Palestinian government transportation costs if he traveled there personally.