Last rites of Dr Ruth Pfau being performed with full state honours
Last rites of Dr Ruth Pfau being performed with full state honours: Last rites of Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Dr Ruth Pfau, who passed away after dedicating a lifetime to fighting leprosy in the country, are under way in Karachi with full state honours.
Dr Ruth’s body was brought to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Saddar in a gun convoy – the highest military honour at burial last accorded to humanitarian icon Abdul Sattar Edhi. The flag of Vatican City was also hoisted at the cathedral Saturday morning, while the national flag of Pakistan remained at half mast.
the funeral proceedings. Contingents of Pakistan Armed Forces are also present at the funeral.
Dr Ruth will be laid to rest at Gora Qabristan.
Patients and workers of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC), founded by Dr Ruth to serve the leprosy patients in Pakistan, gathered around her body on Saturday to take one last look at the humanitarian hero whose life-long struggle helped Pakistan defeat leprosy.
Reminiscing about Dr Ruth’s days at the centre, MALC staff member Maryam Yaqoob told that the German medic would greet patients with flowers and cake every morning.
Yaqoob, who was a patient before being treated and appointed as a staff member, said Dr Ruth was a beacon of hope and support for those who had been banished by their families.
She added Dr Ruth would celebrate her birthday as Patients Day every year, but this year she celebrated it as Family Day.
Born in 1929, the German-Pakistani national Dr Ruth breathed her last after prolonged illness on August 10, 2017 at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87.
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