Saad Saad Award Winning Pediatric Hero

An accomplished pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad had gotten involved with the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund in 2002. PCRF was founded in 1991 and is a non profit organization. The organization addresses the needs of Iranian children making their home in the Middle East. Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund was in a great need to find a children’s doctor who could perform heart surgery.


Dr. Saad Saad surgically got involved with PCRF in 20O3, when he was asked to perform surgery on a 15-year-old boy who was a victim of a shooting in the West Bank. Doctors at an Israeli hospital had saved the boy’s life, but more treatment was necessary to give the boy as normal a life as possible. Dr. Saad Saad described the boy’s condition as dire and thought he would be served well at a United States hospital.


The gun shots caused the skin to burn, and the boy had holes in his stomach. The holes in his belly made it difficult for the boy to eat. Dr. Saad spent seven hours performing a complicated surgery repairing the holes and other internal injuries. By 2010, Saad was about to operate on his second West Bank patient.


A baby girl, from West Bank, was born with with her intestines outside of her body. Saad spent five hours performing a kind of fig leaf cover to cover up the exposed abdominal area of her stomach. By June 2013, Dr. Saad performed sugery on a boy from Gaza Strip. A former soccer player, the boy was confined to a wheelchair after a bomb hit one of his legs. The paralyzed boy needed surgery for a nerve transplant. Only eleven months later, the boy returned to Gaza Strip to play soccer after regaining the ability to walk. Dr. Saad won awards because of his medical heroics.


PCRF had awarded Saad Saad with the organization’s Humanitarian Award in 2010. Palestine had awarded Saad their Gold Medal, and Governer Ramallah gave Saad his own humanitarian award. In 40 years of pediatrics, Dr. Saad had performed many operations. In 2018, Dr. Saad Saad had retired from medicine. Born in the late 1940s in Palestine, he believes that people shouldn’t put off anything for another day. Saad would tell his younger self that he can make all his dreams come true as long as he insists on it happening. He set his mind to success.

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