Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan Dr. Ruth Pfau Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan Dr. Ruth Pfau
Sammy Stanley | 11 August, 2017, 00:23

The doctor of German descent had been feeling unwell since weeks and her doctors were not very hopeful, sources said.

Pfau had dedicated more than 50 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan, which earned her the name "Light to the Lepers".

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. He said that the glorious tradition of serving humanity set by Dr Ruth Pfau will be continued.

Dr Pfau first visited Pakistan in 1960 and was so touched by the plight of leprosy victims that she chose to stay forever in the country to treat them. "Dr Pfau's services to end leprosy in Pakistan can not be forgotten".

Pfau first witnessed leprosy, an infectious disease that affects the skin and other organs of the body, in Karachi. However, a visa problem kept Pfau in Pakistan, where she went on to live for 57 years.

But that partnership paid dividends.

Tributes pour in after the passing of German nun and doctor who spent 56 years in the country battling leprosy.

The Pakistan government recognized her selfless service by awarding her the country's second-highest civilian award "Hilal-i-Imtiaz" in 1979, and later "Hilal-e-Pakistan" in 1989. And she ultimately came to enjoy a celebrity in Pakistan on par with another nun known the world over for her work with the sick and the poor: Mother Teresa.

Soon after the announcement of her death, homage began pouring in from the Pakistani authorities. She came here at the dawn of a young nation looking to make lives better for those afflicted by disease, and in doing so, found herself a home. "We owe u a debt of gratitude Dr Ruth Pfau". "That is the worst", she told German newspaper Der Spiegel in 2015. She didn't confine her endeavors to treating leprosy patients but at the same time was of colossal help when Sindh confronted serious flooding.

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