Pakistan's mother Teresa Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

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.

Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau, who is also known as 'Pakistan's Mother Teresa, was admitted to the ICU of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre on Wednesday as she was having breathing difficulties.

German-Pakistani nun Dr Ruth Pfau died in Karachi on Thursday.

Hailing from Germany, Dr Pfau had been staying in Pakistan since 1960, when she was just 29, dedicating her life to cure patients of leprosy. President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed deep grief at her demise and paid rich tribute to her services.

Following the news, condolence poured in for the late humanitarian of Pakistan.

In recognition of her service to the country, she was awarded Pakistani citizenship in 1988. Dr Pfau was also awarded the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989 and Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1979. Her tireless struggle was the main driving force that enabled Pakistan to become in 1996 one of the first countries in Asia to have controlled leprosy.

Funeral mass will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2017 at 11am at St. Patrick's Cathedral. She will be laid to rest in the Christian Cemetry (Gora Qabrastan) on same day.

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