Rich tributes paid to Dr. Ruth Pfau - Pakistan's Mother Teresa

Tributes pour in for Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Dr Ruth Pfau

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

"It was due to her endless struggle that Pakistan defeated leprosy", German Consulate Karachi posted on Facebook.

Pakistan's "Mother Teresa" Dr Ruth Pfau, who has spearheaded an extensive battled against leprosy in the country, was hospitalised in the city on Wednesday, Geo News reported.

"Dr Pfau's services to [fight leprosy and tuberculosis] will always be remembered", the chief minister said. She left her homeland and made Pakistan her home to serve humanity. "Pakistani nation salutes Dr Pfau and her great tradition to serve humanity will be continued", President Mamnoon Hussain said in another statement.

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According to MASP CEO Dr Lobo, Dr Pfau had been admitted to the ICU of a private hospital after her health deteriorated earlier.

She founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan's first hospital dedicated to treating the disease, and opened branches across the country.

In 1979, she was granted the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second most noteworthy non military personnel honor of the nation. She saw her younger brother die, and risked her own life escaping East Germany. However, a visa problem kept Pfau in Pakistan, where she went on to live for 57 years.

Funeral mass will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2017 at 11am at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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