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, DawnNews reported.

Dr Ruth had been undergoing treatment at the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre for two weeks and passed away during surgery at 12:30am on Wednesday night, said the centre.

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

In 1979, she was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country. In 1989, Dr Ruth was presented the Hilal-i-Pakistan.

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

Following the news of her demise, Chief of Army Staff Qamar Jawed Bajwa referred to Dr Ruth as an “ambassador of humanity” and said “she will always be remembered” for her services.

Source: Dawn News