Based in Eatontown, New Jersey, Dr. Saad Saad may not be the first person you’d expect to be helping underprivileged children in Palestine; however, the pediatric surgeon has attracted considerable attention from many people and groups. These include the likes of humanitarian groups and even the Saudi Royal Family. This is because he’s brought a wealth of innovation and expertise to the field over the decades that he’s been practicing medicine.
In 2002, this brought him to the attention of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, a non-profit and non-political organization dedicated to treating Arab children in the Middle East. At the time, there was a 15-year-old boy who had received a gunshot wound; while local medical staff was able to save his life, they didn’t have the skills or tools necessary to treat him completely. Dr. Saad Saad agreed to treat the boy, and he was quickly flown to the United States for treatment. According to the doctor, the boy was in dire shape and needed extensive treatment; during a seven-hour surgery, Dr. Saad Saad repaired the internal wounds and was able to treat the external holes left by the bullet wound properly.
This ended up starting somewhat of a working partnership between the doctor and the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. In 2010 he helped treat a young girl who was born with her organs outside of her stomach; local doctors struggled for over a year and a half to successfully treat her but without much work. In a five hour surgery, Dr. Saad Saad was able almost completely to treat her. However, Dr. Saad doesn’t just treat these underprivileged children when they’re flown over to his home state of New Jersey. After the first surgery in 2002, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund asked him to make regular visits to the Gaza Strip to help them treat more local children. While he wasn’t able to take up the offer straight away, he made his first medical trip to the Gaza Strip in 2008 and helped successfully treat a number of the local children there.
He was also made a handful more visits to the area in the following years in April 2009, April and June 2010, June 2011, February 2012, April 2013 and May 2015. Throughout these eight trips, Dr. Saad Saad has treated dozens of Palestinian children while also helping many of the local doctors and medical staff to improve their skills. Learn more: https://www.md.com/doctor/saad-saad-md