Light to Pakistan’s lepers, Dr Ruth Pfau passes away in Karachi
Light to Pakistan's lepers, Dr Ruth Pfau passes away in Karachi
Dr Ruth Pfau, a symbol of selflessness and devotion to leprosy patients, passed away at the age of 87 in Karachi late Wednesday night while she was undergoing surgery, DawnNews reported.
Dr Ruth had been undergoing treatment at the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre for two weeks and passed away during surgery at 12:30am on Wednesday night, said the centre.
The late Dr Ruth had come to Pakistan from Germany in 1960, and was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988.
In 1979, she was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country. In 1989, Dr Ruth was presented the Hilal-i-Pakistan.
Her last rites will be performed on August 19 at St. Patrick’s Church in Karachi’s Saddar area.
Following the news of her demise, condolences poured in for the late humanitarian on social media.
— Naveed Athar Mazari (@naveedamazari) August 10, 2017
Excellent article about Dr. Ruth Pfau’s life and work in Pakistan https://t.co/iWwRR0BoZQ
— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) August 10, 2017
Dr Ruth Pfau who loved lepers, helped, treated and rehabilitated them. May her soul rest in peace & may others follow her footsteps pic.twitter.com/cAqVHvtxf1
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) August 10, 2017
Dr Ruth Pfau. Pakistani legend. Represented the pinnacle of human empathy & dedication. May God grant her soul peace & tranquility. pic.twitter.com/kqgYDk8Wrf
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) August 10, 2017