Dr. Saad Saad: Helping Palestinian Children In Need

A man who has dedicated his life providing medical care for children is Dr. Saad Saad. He has brought groundbreaking innovation to the medical field and shares his knowledge with young pediatric surgeons.

Dr. Saad Saad is a man who believes in giving back. He has performed complex surgeries for free here in the United States, as well as several other countries. One organization that has approached him numerous times seeking his expertise is the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund or PCRF. The PCRF is a nonprofit foundation that tries to help Arab children from the Middle East who need urgent medical care.

The first time PCRF sought out Dr. Saad Saad was in 2002. They wanted him to treat a fifteen-year-old boy who had been severely shot around the West Bank. His injuries proved to be too severe for him to be treated locally, so the PCRF brought him to the United States. Even Dr. Saad Saad felt the boy’s injuries were extremely severe. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad

The boy underwent a seven-hour surgery, and Dr. Saad Saad was able to sew the bullet holes and heal his internal wounds. Later in 2010, the PCRF brought a young girl who also lived around the West Bank. She had been born with her intestines being exposed to her abdominal region. Dr. Saad successfully performed a five-hour surgery that helped her greatly.

In 2013, the PCRF sent a boy to Dr. Saad Saad who had once been a great soccer player. He had been hit with a bomb in one of his legs and became paralyzed. He required a complex nerve transplant in order to walk again. Dr. Saad Saad is not a nerve doctor, but he made sure a doctor capable in this area treated the young boy. With Dr. Saad’s help, the boy was able to walk to the airport, and upon returning home could play soccer again.

Dr. Saad Saad also traveled to Palestine on many occasions in order to treat children who needed urgent medical care. There are several reasons he felt so strongly about this. He felt it was his duty as a doctor to assist those who were in dire need of medical attention, even if they lacked the funds to pay. Another reason for providing medical care in Palestine was that he wanted to share his medical knowledge with aspiring young doctors.

He felt that he had learned a lot by training in the United States and felt that it was appropriate to share his acquired knowledge. His last reason for treating children in Palestine was he wanted to help the local Palestinian economy. Several European countries and the United States will often provide free medical care, however, the transportation costs can add up. Dr. Saad felt that going to Palestine personally would help the government save money.