KARACHI, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (WNP/DL): Sister Ruth Lewis, incharge at the Darul Sukoon organisation in Karachi, passed away from the novel coronavirus at the Aga Khan University Hospital Monday night, the organisation said in a statement on Tuesday. She was 77.
Sister Ruth had been admitted to the hospital since July 9, Darul Sukoon’s Human Resources Manager Tariq Samuel said.
Samuel added that 21 children at Darul Sukoon had been infected with Covid-19 but Sister Ruth continued to serve them. She tested positive on July 8 and was taken to the hospital a day later, where she was placed on a ventilator.
In a statement posted on Darul Sukoon’s Facebook page, the organisation’s administration expressed deep regret and grief over her passing.
“All our Children, Nuns and Staff are heartbroken, as we have lost a huge part of us. Please pray for the children to whom she has been a mother, for the nuns for whom she was a sister and a true inspiration and for all the Staff whom love her and will each day try to walk in her footsteps,” the statement read.
Dear FriendsIt is with deep sadness that we Dar ul sukun officially share the news of the passing away of our beloved…
In another post, the organisation said: “Her services to the humanity in larger and to the destitute severely disabled children and elderly, socially displaced girls and boys is remarkable her service spans around 51 years.”
The administration of Darul Sukoon, which provides housing and shelter for differently-abled people, also thanked the PPP government “for always having our back in difficult times”.
The statement further said that the Sindh government had borne the cost of Sister Ruth’s medical treatment and was also providing support in quarantine wards set up at Darul Sukoon for the infected children.
“They have also provided grant of Rs25 million instantly along with PPEs and medicines,” the post said.
In charge Dar ul Sukun Rev. Sister Ruth Lewis has passed away due to Coronavirus. It is a sad day for Dar ul Sukun Sukun…
Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab also confirmed Sister Ruth’s death and paid rich tribute to her services for the people.
“Her selfless contributions to our society will always be remembered and cherished,” he said.
Sister Ruth Lewis who had been running Dar ul Sukoon for many years has unfortunately passed away due to #COVID19. Her selfless contributions to our society will always be remembered & cherished #RIPSisterRuth
— SenatorMurtaza Wahab (@murtazawahab1) July 21, 2020
The Sindh government spokesperson extended condolences to the deceased’s family, Darul Sukoon’s staff and the children housed by the organisation.
Reacting to news of Sister Ruth’s death, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said Pakistan had lost “another unsung hero”.
“People of Karachi will always miss her & people of Pakistan must learn about her,” he said. Bilawal also called upon the president to posthumously award Sister Ruth for her services to humanity.
🇵🇰 lost another unsung hero today, Sister Ruth Lewis, who devoted her life to serving children at Dar-ul-Sukun . People of Karachi will always miss her & people of Pakistan must learn about her. Request President @ArifAlvi to posthumously award her for her services to humanity. pic.twitter.com/xXXvI7Up3r
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) July 21, 2020
Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, daughter of former president Asif Ali Zardari, said Sister Ruth’s death was a “tragic loss for Darul Sukoon and the people of Karachi”. While paying tribute to her, Aseefa said that Sister Ruth had “selflessly dedicated her entire life to those in need” and added that her dedication to the children of Darul Sukoon would always be remembered.
A tragic & devastating loss for Dar-ul-Sukun &the people of Karachi. Sister Ruth Lewis selflessly dedicated her entire life to those in need. Her years of devotion to the children of Dar-ul-Sukun will always be remember. Pakistan has lost a great asset. Rest in peace Sister Ruth pic.twitter.com/LShZB9ZSny
— Aseefa B Zardari (@AseefaBZ) July 21, 2020
Sister Ruth had been working at Darul Sukoon since it was founded by Sister Gertrude Lemmens in 1969 in order to provide services to people suffering from different disorders, according to the organisation’s Facebook page.