Amma, or mother, as German-Pakistani Dr Ruth Pfau was called by her patients, is no more. The leprosy healer passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 87.
Patients at Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) in Karachi’s Saddar area are in stunned silence. Many of them were abandoned by their families due to their sickness. With Dr Pfau gone, they lost the only mother that loved them.
They have lost a person with whom they shared their most honest feelings. For over 50 years, she was always there to listen, talk, or simply offer a shoulder to cry on.