Cleveland doctor, born in Syria, travels to his home country to help injured and sick refugees

Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 17:30:44-04

Khaled Issa is a doctor at Cleveland Clinic's Fairview Hospital, but the medicine and treatment he gives leaps borders to those who are ill in his birth country of Syria. 

He takes medical missions to the Syrian border to help sick and injured refugees who have fled to bordering countries.

Many of Issa's patients are children.

“We try to treat all these people, especially, the chronically ill people, they don't have any means of any medical care, there's nobody to care for those people at all,” he said.

Issa said he welcomed the United States recent attack on a Syrian airfield where planes reportedly carried out chemical attacks.

"The mighty power of the United States with the military power and its stand in the world, I can tell you without the United States no other country will help or do anything," he said. "The United States always has to lead and there are so many ways to help and to be able to change the dynamic on the ground, and hopefully and ultimately reach a political solution."

Issa said many doctors, like himself, who take medical missions to help Syrian refugees, pay their own expenses.