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Diaspora Dreams: The Story of Dr. Saad Saad

The Israeli government forced a woman and her eight children from their home. The family believed that they would only be gone for a while, but they never saw their home again. They were told that now they would live in the West Bank. They could not go back for their belongings. All that belonged to them now were the clothes they happened to wear that day. This was Palestine in the late 1940s. It was just the start of Saad Saad’s life. He was one of those children, and it did not slow him down.

In the 1960’s while at work in a Kuwaiti construction site, Saad suffered a heat stoke and lost consciousness. Once he woke up, he knew what he had to do. Like his father told him he was a part of a diaspora with no country or system to back him up. If he were to succeeded in life he would have to pursued a high level of education, and find a career that kept him out of the heat.

Dr. Saad attended the University of Cairo and obtained a medical degree with honors. Then, he interned in the United Kingdom and moved to the United State where he became a board-certified pediatric surgeon. At one time he was the only board-certified pediatric surgeon in the country that spoke both English and Arabic. Perhaps this is why the royal family of Saudi Arabic saw fit to hire him as a personal surgeon.

But, Dr. Saad was not only a good surgeon. He was also an innovative one. He wanted to reduce the suffering that his patients went though. He developed many new techniques, but the one that really caught on involved the elimination of a second incision. He used this proceeded over two thousand times in his career. That’s two thousand less risky incisions into the bodies of children.

He is an amazing man. Now, after forty-seven year in his field, he is in retirement. A blogger asked what his secret was. How did he manage to do so much and have such and impact? Dr. Saad Saad’s answer was common sense to the point of clique and simple to the point of boredom, but it is worth mentioning and remembering: “You can be anything you want to be if you set your mind to it.” Learn more: