Dr. Saad Saad is a very innovative and successful pediatric surgeon that retired after practicing for 47 years. His career did not go to waste because he left a lasting legacy in service, sacrifice, and innovation in that field. One of the unique things that Saad did was to pass the simple life lessons he learned throughout his life to his children.
The Palestinian Doctor was born in the 1940s, and those years the country was not stable during the creation of the State of Israel. His family relocated by force after his mother boarded into a bus by force together with his siblings. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When Child Swallows Foreign Object – Advice From Dr. Saad Saad
Their father searched for them after he failed to find them at home from work. They had settled in West Bank, but he successfully found them after spending a lot of money by hiring a boat.
The family did not stay long at West Bank before relocating again to Kuwait because their father wanted to look for greener pastures as a petroleum mechanic. During that time, his skills were in high demand in Kuwait because it was during the discovery of oil in the Middle East.
Dr. Saad Saad spent his childhood and school years in Kuwait. His father advised him to pursue a high level of education if he wanted to move from grass to grace. It was his first lesson to learn in his life before learning the second one that as long as he was alive, he could do anything it takes to survive in this world. Saad wanted his money, and he followed his brother to a construction site during the summer in Kuwait.
However, Saad was too weak to work under that hot weather, and he passed out. He vowed to look for an alternative, and he settled on pediatric surgery. His father supported him and reminded him that being a Palestinian refugee could not hinder him from achieving his dreams.
After completing his studies in medical surgery, Dr. Saad Saad settled in the United States with a clear mind of becoming a certified pediatric Surgeon by the US Board. Guided by a lesson he learned that one must not wait for tomorrow to fulfill what is possible today, he was the only pediatric surgeon that could speak both English and Arabic languages in the 1980s. He served the Saudi Royal family for four years up to 1989.
Dr. Saad Saad applied the same lesson when he went back to America after discovering a procedure of minimizing pain and speeding up the recovery process of his clients. He tested the method of eliminating the second incision with one patient, and the results were terrific.
Within his career, he performed over 2000 such procedures eliminating second incisions on his patients thus saving them money and pain. Dr. Saad Saad continues to share his lessons in life and continuously advises young ones to listen to their fathers.
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