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Renowned Pak philanthropist admitted to hospital

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 23:13

Karachi: One of Pakistan`s leading social worker and well known philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi has been admitted to a hospital after suffering kidney failure.

The 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner needs a transplant as both his kidneys have "started failing," according to doctors treating him at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).

"We are making arrangements for a donor kidney but honestly speaking the frail health condition of Malana Edhi means there is minimal chances of a successful transplant," said Dr Adib Rizvi, a senior urologist at the hospital today at a press conference.

The founder of Sattar Edhi Welfare Trust is known for his social welfare work in Pakistan, especially the violence-hit city of Karachi.

Along with his wife Bilquees and children, Edhi runs numerous welfare centers for orphans, free ambulance services and mortuaries all over the country.

Efforts are being made to arrange a donor kidney with many well wishers coming forward to help the ailing octogenarian.

At present, Edhi needs dialysis on a weekly basis and will need to undergo it daily in case the transplant is not conducted.

Talking to reporters on phone, Edhi said he was being well looked after.

"My son, Faisal, and wife Bilquis are taking care of everything. I have requested for a donor kidney. In any case if I deserve to live more years, then I`ll live."
Edhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Pakistan government in 2012.


First Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 23:13

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