It has not be uncommon for Dr. Saad Saad to have cases of where children have swallowed foreign objects. Being in the medical industry for over forty years, has taught this pediatric surgeon just the ways to unclog a child’s throat.
Cases of children swallowing foreign objects is nothing new to Dr. Saad Saad. He has seen several cases of where children have gotten curious and put an object in their mouth. Unfortunately, they swallowed the object. He tells parents to stay calm if their child has swallowed an object. It may be natural for the parent to try to pull out the object that is lodged in the child’s throat. He warns against this. Doing this is actually worse. Instead, the pediatric surgeon suggests holding the child by his or her legs upside down. While the child is dangling in mid air, pat on the child’s back. Typically, the object will come right out. That is what you do for a child that is under six. But that does not necessarily work for children over age six. For older children, doing the Heimlich maneuver works best. If neither of those still do not get the object out of the child’s throat, the emergency room is the next option.
Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine. He lived in the Middle East as a child. He attended Cairo University for his degree in medicine. In England, he under went an internship. Then after moving to the United States, he became board certified in pediatric surgery. But he did not spend his entire career working in the United States. Dr. Saad Saad worked for many years in the Middle East. It was rare to find a surgeon that could speak English and Arabic equally well. He performed many surgeries for Middle Eastern dignitaries.
As a reminder of his legendary career of working with one thousand children, Dr. Saad Saad keeps some of the foreign objects he has extracted from the throats of young children. Coins and lockets are in this collection. Surprisingly, there is also a toothbrush in this collection that was swallowed by a teenager. Dr. Saad Saad plans to spend the rest of his career mentoring those wanting to follow in his footsteps. And of course caring for and aiding children across the world needing medical help.