Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

KARACHI: A symbol of selflessness and dedication to leprosy patients, Dr Ruth Pfau, 87, passed away in Karachi on Wednesday night.

She had been undergoing treatment at the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre for the last two weeks and passed away during surgery at 12:30 am on Wednesday night, according to the Leprosy Centre.

Soon after her death tributes are pouring in for the German nun who spent more than half a century in Pakistan battling leprosy.

Leading politicians, social workers and people from all spheres of life took to twitter to pay tribute to the deceased philanthropist.

The late Dr Ruth came to Pakistan from Germany in 1960 and was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988.

She made Pakistan her homeland and devoted her life in service of Tuberculosis and leprosy patients in Pakistan.

The president said the whole Pakistani nation salutes Dr Pfau for her exemplary services for the country.

The prime minister, in his message, said she came to Pakistan at the dawn of a young nation looking to make lives better for those afflicted by the disease.

He said we will remember her for her courage, loyalty, service to the eradication of leprosy, and most of all, patriotism.

She was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country in 1979 for her commendable services. She was also awarded Hilal-i-Pakistan.

Her last rites will be performed on August 19 at St. Patrick’s Church in Karachi’s Saddar area.R