Sister Ruth Lewis, the in-charge and one of the founders of charity organisation Dar-ul-Sukoon passed away on Tuesday after succumbing to the novel coronavirus.
The news was announced by Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab on Twitter.
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 philanthropist had been infected with the deadly virus on July 8 while she was tending to COVID-19 patients at Dar-ul-Sukoon. The organisation is a home for physically and mentally challenged children and adults, both men and women in poverty or unable to address their challenges.
Over 30 children and nuns at the shelter home have been infected. Sister Lewis was being treated at a private hospital, according to the Dar-ul-Sukoon management.
She worked for the organisation for over 50 years after being inspired by the Dutch founder of the charity, Sister Gertrude Lemmens.
Sister Lewis also received the Pride of Karachi Award for her contributions for the city, especially the vulnerable.