Sister Ruth Lewis, an inch from Darul Sukoon, a center for disabled people, died of COVID-19 in a hospital in Karachi on Monday night. He is 77 years old. Catholic nuns use a ventilator at Agha Khan Hospital after contracting the virus on July 8.
Twenty-one of Darul Sukoon’s children have been infected with a new corona virus and have been quarantined. Sister Ruth continued to serve them until she was tested positive on July 8 and was taken to hospital a day later, where she was transferred to a ventilator, according to officials.
In a statement on Facebook, Darul Sukoon expressed deep regret and sadness over the death of Sister Ruth. “Its services to humanity and children who are poor and disabled, socially displaced girls and boys are exceptional. Its services cover around 51 years. “
On February 17, 1969, Sister Ruth, Sister Gertrude Lemmens and Sister Margaret D’Costa joined a house in Karachi for around 150 mentally and mentally disabled people, mostly children and young people, founded by sisters from the Franciscan Missionaries Christ the King, said a statement posted on Facebook.
“Since then there has been no turning back. He cared for children like that all his life. Children abandoned by their own families, children called monsters due to chronic disability and disability, children whose vision can destroy a layman, children visited by people to appreciate their fully functioning bodies and brains.
But Sister Ruth became their mother. They are not ‘objects of misery and charity’ to him but their own children, each unique. He worked tirelessly to make their personalities. In a world where people hire child helpers and nannies to clean up their own children’s mess, he wipes their bums and nose with their bare hands. “
The organization appreciates the extraordinary contribution and support of the Sindh government, especially Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Deputy Commissioner Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, along with the leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party for always having an organization that returns in difficult times.
“The Sindh government paid all the costs of hospitalization for Sister Lewis and is still a member of the Sindh government team working in a special quarantine ward set up at the Darul Sukun site for disabled children affected by COVID in Dar ul Sukun. They have also provided an immediate grant of Rs25 million along with PPE and drugs, “the organization said.
Tribute flowed from government officials and activists after the news of the nun’s death was announced. “His unconditional contribution to our society will always be remembered and appreciated,” said Murtaza Wahab, a spokesman for the Sindh government.
Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, sister of the PPP chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said Sister Ruth’s death was “a tragic loss for Darul Sukoon and the people of Karachi.” He said the nun selflessly devoted her whole life to those in need and her dedication to Darul Sukoon’s children would always be remembered.