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Ruth Pfau: Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Dies Aged 87

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Ruth Pfau: Pakistan's 'Mother Teresa' Dies Aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and has been described as the country's Mother Teresa, has died in Karachi aged 87.

She died in hospital after being admitted on Friday, her order said.

Dr Pfau witnessed leprosy in Pakistan for the first time in 1960 and returned to set up clinics across the country.
Her efforts meant that in 1996 the disease was declared to have been brought under control.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Dr Pfau "may have been born in Germany, but her heart was always in Pakistan".

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