While Dr. Saad Saad may be known for treating thousands of pediatric patients in the United States as a world-renowned surgeon who has treated the children of royal families, he is dedicated to serving and child that could use his surgical help.
While in the United States, 3 children have been flown in by the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund so they could receive medical treatment by Dr. Saad Saad that could not be completed locally. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
In addition to working with Palestinian children who were brought to the United States, Dr. Saad Saad has taken multiple medical missions to Palestine in order to help these children in their own country. The first trip that he took to serve the children of Palestine took place in 2008 where he traveled all the way from New Jersey to the West Bank. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://chronicleweek.com/2018/04/dr-saad-saad-medical-missions/ and https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-saad-saad-ys6d8
He dedicated this trip to helping the underprivileged children in the area that would not have had access to care locally without the help of doctors like himself. Since the first trip that he took to Palestine, he has taken 7 more and has found each experience to be especially rewarding.
While treating these patients is important, Dr. Saad Saad also took the time to teach the doctors that lived in the area how to perform some of the surgeries that they were not familiar with. Dr. Saad Saad wanted to be able to make sure that these children were able to receive the help that they needed even if he wasn’t there to treat them. When he first began to take these medical mission trips, the young pediatric surgeons mainly watched him perform procedures while in later trips he mainly played a supervisory role.
With the efforts that Dr. Saad Saad performed in Palestine, he was also able to help improve the local economy. By making sure that the surgeons in Palestine had the skills and knowledge needed to treat these patients they did not have to travel outside of the country to receive their needed medical treatments.
This means that Palestine did not have to pay the government of the country that the surgery was performed in for the costs associated with it. Even if the country does not charge for their services, the travel costs associated with it can be quite expensive and the travel itself can be dangerous for the patient who may already be very medically fragile.