One hot summer afternoon in the 1960’s, a young teenager joined his brother to work in a construction site in Kuwait. The heat, as usually is in the desert region, was too much to bear for young Saad. For the first time in his life, he suffered a heat stroke that afternoon. For any other youth, this would be a depressing experience, but not for Saad. This was when he resolved that he would become a surgeon, as he realized then that working in the operation room was the only way he would escape the heat outside.


This is the story of DrSaadSaad, a world renowned paediatric surgeon. Born in Palestine in the late 1940’s, DrSaad grew up at a time when many Palestinians were being forcefully relocated to pave way for the creation of the State of Israel. DrSaad and his famiy were relocated to the West Bank where they lived until the 1950’s when his father, a skilled petroleum mechanic, moved his family to Kuwait.


Growing up in Kuwait, DrSaad says his father motivated him to excel in his studies so as to secure himself a good future. Being a foreigner without proper documents in Kuwait, his father always reminded him that getting a high level education was the only way he could make a life for himself. True to his word, DrSaad made a resolve to become a paediatric surgeon and never wavered from it. He graduated with a degree in medicine from Cairo University School of Medicine.


DrSaad later immigrated to the United States, where he went on to become a board certified paediatric surgeon. This was a very rare accomplishment in the 1980’s. As the only board certified paediatric surgeon who could speak Arabic at the time, DrSaad went on to become the appointed paediatric surgeon for the Saudi Royal Family. He was also called upon to serve whenever there were complex surgeries required to be performed on children in Saudi Arabia.


He served in Saudi Arabia until 1989 when he moved back to the United States where he continued to practice. DrSaad proceeded to develop a new surgical procedure that eliminates the need to make a second incision on a child during surgery. This procedure has been employed in over 2,000 surgeries since its inception, and has gone a long way in helping save lives and improve the care given to young children after surgery.


DrSaad who recently retired from over 40 years of practice is a remarkable example that one can be anything they want to be if they put their mind and effort to, their backgound notwithstanding.  Learn more:


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