Dr. Saad Saad has been a pediatric and thoracic surgeon for over 47 years. He was born in Palestine, but now lives in Eatontown, New Jersey. In his career, the pediatrician has accomplished quite a lot. Saad Saad is passionate about giving back, and so he has gone on 12 medical missions to Jerusalem and within the United States.
There are reasons why the pediatrician goes on these medical missions and here’s why. He wanted to help the underprivileged children who cannot afford medical care. This is especially important to children who have life-threatening situations.
When in Palestine, Dr. Saad Saad helps education the young Palestinian doctors on surgery and how to treat patients. He is giving them the skills they need to help people and children when he’s not there anymore. Essentially, he is helping these doctors be more self-sufficient. The third reason the successful pediatrician goes on these medical missions is to help the local Palestinian economy. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
Surgery can be a costly expense when it comes to countries paying for it. When a surgery is performed in another country, the cost of it is paid by the Palestinian people, via taxes. By doing the surgeries in Palestine and training the local physicians, Dr. Saad Saad essentially is killing two birds with one stone. This has been very beneficial for Palestine in many ways.
Dr. Saad Saad has been called upon by the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund to help several children who needed his expertise and skill as a pediatrician. The first case came in 2002, with a boy who was wounded by gunshot. The local doctor were able to save his life, but they needed Saad Saad’s help to further treat the boy. He was in bad condition upon meeting the pediatrician. Not only was the doctor able to patch up the gunshot holes, he fixed the internal wounds that needed to be attended to. The surgery was very successful, which lasted over seven hours.
A young girl was born with her intestines hanging out of her stomach. The local doctors were not equipped with helping her the way she needed. Dr. Saad Saad’s was called upon again by the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund in 2010. The pediatrician created a cover for the hole in her stomach, and that worked out very well. After five long hours of surgery, the result was astonishing.
All together, Dr. Saad Saad has been on eight medical missions to Palestine. He was able to help children in dire situations, give them a new life, and even save their lives. He is passionate about giving back to children who are poor and underprivileged, especially in his home country of Palestine. If Saad Saad did not step in to help these children, their future may look entirely different.
Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad and https://chronicleweek.com/2018/04/dr-saad-saad-medical-missions/