Dr. Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon who has spent over forty years performing complex surgeries that have saved the lives of many children over the years. Some of his philanthropic works have been providing free medical care to underprivileged patients.
One organization that has sought him out on frequent occasions has been the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund or PCRF. This is a charity that tries to get medical assistance for poor Arab children in the Middle East. The organization has asked Dr. Saad to treat children in the United States, as well as travel to Palestine to treat needy children free of charge.
The PCRF approached Dr. Saad Saad several times to provide medical assistance free of charge for Palestinian children who were brought over to the United States for emergency treatment. The first occasion was a fifteen-year-old boy with severe gunshot wounds who had been shot at the West Bank.
The local doctors felt the wounds were too severe for them to provide the appropriate treatment, so they sent him the United States. Dr. Saad Saad examined the boy and concluded his situation was urgent. He performed a complex seven-hour surgery where he fixed the boy’s internal damage and patched the bullet holes. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-saad-saad-ys6d8 and https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview
Another instance involved a young boy who had been hit with a bomb in his leg by the Gaza strip. The boy had been a talented soccer player but could no longer walk unless he had a complex nerve transplant. A nerve transplant is a medical procedure that Dr. Saad Saad has not performed, so he sought a doctor personally for the boy who had extensive experience performing this procedure. The boy was eventually able to return home walking and playing soccer again.
The PCRF also asked Dr. Saad Saad to travel to Palestine in order to treat children whose parents could not pay for medical care. Dr. Saad Saad believed that the most important reason for going to Palestine was to give medical assistance to those who lacked the funds necessary to pay.
Another important reason for him going to Palestine was that he felt he had a lot to offer young doctors in the form of knowledge. He credited training in the United States as one of the reasons for his skill as a doctor, and he wanted to ensure that when he returned home, the doctors would be armed with more knowledge to assist their own people.
When he first traveled to Palestine to give medical assistance in 2008, he performed the entire surgery himself, but on his last visit in 2015, he got to play an advisory role, ensuring the other doctors performed the procedure in a safe and effective manner.