MEDICAL RELIEF TO PALESTINE BY DR. SAAD SAAD

Dr. Saad Saad is a skilled pediatric surgeon operating from Eatontown, NJ. His experience of over 40 years has impacted positively and are making differences in patients’ lives, even after his retirement. His skills attracted attention from humanitarian groups, other doctors as well as the Royal Family of Saudi, opening more opportunities for him to perform surgeries to many patients all through his career. Some of the surgeries are from his medical missions to and from Palestine.

He was in 2002 approached by PCRF, a Palestine Relief Fund for Children, to perform surgery to a child aged 15 who had a gunshot wound from West Bank. Israeli Hospital doctors had saved the life of the child, but he had injuries that were too complex for local treatment. Dr. Saad agreed to perform the surgery, and as a result, the child was flown to the U.S. by PCRF for the operation. On arrival, he confirmed that the child was in a critical condition with gunshot holes in the belly that caused his skin to burn and difficulties when eating. He performed a successful complex seven-hour surgery in 2003, to repair his internal injuries and patch the holes.

In May 2010, he performed another successful surgery on a child born with her intestines visible from the outside. It was after Palestine doctors had tried to help to no avail that PCRF sent her to the U.S. for the surgery. The third child was a boy from the Gaza Strip that needed a nerve transplant surgery to correct his paralyzed leg from a bomb hit. Dr. Saad found a nerve surgeon since that was not his specialty, but facilitated the whole medical process toward the boy’s recovery.

His success on the first surgery performed on the gunshot wound child victim impressed PCRF who asked him to go to Palestine to perform surgeries locally. He took the offer and went there for the first time in 2008. His main mission there was to offer help to locals who were underprivileged and poor and could not afford surgeries. Apart from this one time, he has traveled to Palestine seven other times, i.e., April 2009, April and June 2010, June 2011, February 2012, April 2013 and May 2015. His other missions to Palestine were to pass skills from his career to their young pediatric surgeons with training so that they would offer quality help to the locals after his departure, and to help their economy through the free surgeries to the locals.

His efforts to help Palestine Citizens earned him a Humanitarian Award from PCRF Organization and a Humanitarian Services Award from Ramallah Governor through the Health Ministry. Learn more: https://www.meridianhealth.com/location/meridian-faculty-pediatric-surgery-eatontown/index.aspx