The field of pediatric surgery is highly competitive. Those allowed within the gates must demonstrate skill and precision and the will to undergo rigorous and exacting training. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-saad-saad-ys6d8 and https://chronicleweek.com/2018/04/dr-saad-saad-medical-missions/
It stands to reason that those special candidates that persevere to become board certified would inevitably possess both brainpower and well-honed technique. However, one pediatric surgeon has also that one very special extra ingredient that he did not pick up in the classroom.
Besides having acumen, zeal, innovation and reams of experience gathered throughout four decades of performing intricate procedures on patients ranging from small infants to teenagers, Dr. Saad Saad has compassion and a desire to give back to humanity.
A transplant from Egypt, Dr. Saad Saad was approached by the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund on behalf of three children, all the victims of dire circumstances that made medical treatment a vital necessity, yet at the same time extremely complicated due to the complex issues faced by each.
The first child was a teenager with bullet holes acquired on the West Bank. Doctors at an Israeli hospital kept the young man alive, but were unable to do more.
The relief organization reached out to Dr. Saad and at his go-ahead had the teenager transferred to the U.S. to undergo a seven hour surgery to seal openings and repair interior damage. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
Another time, the PCRF reached out to Dr. Saad was in the case of a female child born with her intestines on the outer portion of her abdomen. More than a year passed with local surgeons unable to arrive at a viable solution to aid the child. Dr. Saad developed a covering for the girl that sheathed and protected the exposed digestive tissue, thereby affording her much in the way of comfort.
In a third instance, Dr. Saad was reached out to on behalf of a boy paralyzed by a bomb. A nerve transplant surgery to save the leg was required. As Dr. Saad himself is not a nerve specialist, he had to decline personally. But he did take it upon himself to find a reputable nerve doctor to enact the needed surgery.
Dr. Saad’s efforts on behalf of the PCRF did not stop with the surgeries performed in the U.S. Dr. Saad decided to travel to Palestine personally. While there he made it a personal mission to offer quality medical help to those who could not otherwise get it.
More importantly, he made an effort to train a coterie of the young Palestinian surgeons he came to know, in that way ensuring that his techniques would gain a foothold and the Palestinian people would benefit.