Dr. Saad Saad is world-renowned in the medical field. He has had a successful career as a pedantic surgeon and has saved many children’s lives. Many doctors and nonprofit organizations have sought him out for his experience. Dr. Saad Saad has performed complex surgeries here in the United States, as well as abroad, for young children who desperately needed medical attention but lacked the ability to pay.
One organization who was impressed with Dr. Saad Saad and sought him out on numerous occasions was the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund or PCRF. This charity seeks out medical assistance for children from the Middle East who are in dire need of care. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
There were a few times during Dr. Saad’s career where the PCRF asked him to care for Palestinian children here in the United States free of charge. The first instance was in 2002, where they brought over a fifteen-year-old boy who had been shot by the West Bank. His gunshot wounds proved to be too complicated for the local surgeons, so the PCRF brought him to the US for treatment. Upon examining the boy, Dr. Saad Saad concluded that the injuries to the boy required complex treatment. He performed a surgery lasting seven hours, where he was able to mend the boy’s gunshot wounds and repair all the internal damage the boy had suffered.
Later in 2013, the PCRF brought a young boy who had been hit in his leg with a bomb around the Gaza Strip area. The boy had once been a decent soccer player but was now paralyzed and stuck to being in a wheelchair. He needed a nerve transplant, a procedure that Dr. Saad Saad was unable to perform himself. However, Dr. Saad Saad found a doctor capable of the procedure, and he ensured the boy was well taken care of. After the surgery, the boy returned home, able to walk and play soccer again.
Dr. Saad Saad was also asked by the PCRF to personally provide free medical assistance in Palestine to children in desperate need. Dr. Saad Saad felt that these children deserved to get the medical care they needed, even though their families could not pay. He also saw going to Palestine as an opportunity in which he could personally train young local Palestinian doctors.
Between 2008 and 2015, he has traveled to Palestine eight times. The first time he arrived, he performed the entire surgery, as the other doctors acted as observers. On his last trip in 2015, he was able to be the observer, as the local doctors now had more experience. Dr. Saad Saad also feels he is helping the Palestinian government save money when he goes directly there to provide medical assistance. This saves the government money on transportation costs.
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