Today, Google is honouring German doctor Ruth Pfau on her birth anniversary with a Doodle, commemorating her dedication to eradicate leprosy in Pakistan. Dr Ruth Pfau was born in 1929 in Germany’s Leipzig. “I could not believe that humans could live in such conditions,” Dr Pfau had reportedly said after first witnessing the sights of a leper colony in Pakistan. In her early life at the age of 29, Dr Ruth Pfau had met with a concentration camp survivor, spurring in her a desire to become a nun.
She was on a trip to India when she was held up in Pakistan over visa issues. This is when she made a visit to the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Clinic in Pakistan’s Karachi. The visit proved to be a life changing one for Dr Ruth Pfau.
The plight of a patient, who was crawling on his hands and feet at the clinic, particularly caught Dr Ruth Pfau’s attention. “He must have been my age-I was at this time not yet 30-and he crawled on hands and feet into this dispensary, acting as if this was quite normal,” she observed.