YANKTON, South Dakota (Fox News) - Dr. Allen Sossan, a reconstructive spinal and orthopedic surgeon, usually splits his medical time between Yankton and Norfolk, Neb.
However, for the last few years he has had a bit longer commute — to Tehran, Iran. He travels there to donate two weeks a year to underprivileged people who, without his knowledge, would live the rest of their lives in pain and in a wheelchair.
"I felt I needed to do charity work, so I went back to Iran and did several charity cases dealing with scoliosis and other back issues," Sossan said. "They invited me to come back and work again on several other spine cases. So I have been going back about once a year for a few years."
By going back, Sossan is referencing the fact that for him Iran is home. His parents, grandparents and extended family still live in Tehran. His journey from Tehran to Yankton and back is very interesting.
He moved to the United States in 1974 to attend high school. He always knew he had a passion to help his fellow man, yet it took a small shove in the effort to impress a college sweetheart's father to get him to look at medicine as a potential occupation.
"I had two parents who loved me and cared for me, and for whom I could do no wrong," Sossan said. "When you have that kind of upbringing, the world is your oyster. There is nothing holding you back>>>
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