Dr. Saad Saad had a career spanning over 40 years, performing complex pediatric surgeries within the United States and also in the Middle East. Despite the fact that he is retired, his influence and dedication to his craft managed to make a difference in his patients’ lives. Based in Eatontown, New Jersey, Dr. Saad Saad had a successful career when it comes to bringing innovation and expertise in the field of medicine, managing to attract the attention of humanitarian groups.
His ties with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund began in 2002 when Dr. Saad was asked to perform surgery on a child who was 15-year-old and suffered a gunshot wound. The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) was established in 1991 and is a non-profit organization which aims to address medical needs of children in the Middle East. At that time, the 15-year-old’s life was saved by a local Israeli hospital, but due to the injuries being too complex further treatment was not possible locally. The child was then transferred to the United States where Dr. Saad Saad performed a complex 7-hour surgery in the early part of 2003.
As a result of the organization being impressed with the doctor’s skills, the PCRF asked him to travel to Palestine in order to perform surgery locally. His first travel took place back in 2008, and over the years he traveled an additional 7 times to Palestine, his mission being to help the poor and the underprivileged who did not afford medical help locally.
When it comes to his motives for traveling to Palestine, Dr. Saad Saad outlined 3 primary reasons. The first reason given was his desire to treat those underprivileged who did not have access to treatment and could not afford it. He aimed to bring the skills that the learned in the United States to Palestine during his medical missions.
The second reason was to pass down the skills that he learned throughout his long career to the young pediatric surgeons in Palestine. During his first trip in 2008, the local surgeons primarily observed the surgeries being performed, and only helped with small parts of the process. In contrast, by the time of his last mission in 2015, Dr. Saad was the one that observed the surgeries, with the local surgeons performing most of the procedure. Last but not least, Dr. Saad also wanted to help with his mission trips the local Palestinian economy. Learn more: https://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Saad_Saad.html