Hailing from Eatontown in New Jersey, Dr. Saad Saad is a highly accomplished pediatric surgeon. In his long and successful career, he’s been a major innovator in the medical field. Dr. Saad is so skilled that his career in Eatontown has attracted the attention of doctors internationally, a number of humanitarian groups, and even the royal family of Saudi Arabia. These engagements have led Dr. Saad to a large patient base in his long career.
Dr. Saad has performed a number of pediatric surgeries in Palestine, due to the ongoing Palestinian/Israeli conflict. In 2002, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund came to Saad and asked him to save the life of a 15 year-old who had been shot and couldn’t be saved by the technology available in the region. The child was flown by the PCRF to the United States, and Saad performed a very complex seven-hour surgery on him, diagnosing and treating his internal injuries.
Since then, Dr. Saad has treated a number of other patients flown to the United States and sought out surgeons to handle the cases that were too complicated to do alone. Because of Dr. Saad’s work with the PCRF cases, he was asked to travel to Palestine and work on children there.
It meant entering a live war zone, but he did it anyway. He first entered Palestine in May of 2008, after taking a plane from New Jersey to Tel Aviv and driving the rest of the way. He’s made seven more missions to Palestine since, all of them helping local poor children who couldn’t afford medical care of any sort.
Dr. Saad had three main objectives in mind when traveling to Palestine. First and foremost, he wanted to help the underprivileged who otherwise wouldn’t receive this level of medical care. Secondly, he wanted to pass down his medical skills. This meant teaching the local surgeons advanced American techniques in order to help them perform the surgeries themselves – without outside aid. Third, he wanted to help the Palestinian economy by doing the surgeries in Palestine and not forcing the travel costs on the government and people.
Dr. Saad has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the PCRF’s Humanitarian award and the Gold Medal of Palestine – given to him personally by the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas. He’s also a medical inventor.
One of his inventions was an advanced suction machine which could remove bodily fluids from an area where surgical operations were being performed. Another was a catheter tracker that could accurately pinpoint where a catheter needed to be inserted into the body and where it was. In a recent interview, Dr. Saad discussed his work and how to help children in need, proving yet again what a decent soul he is.
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