KARACHI: Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away on Friday night after encountering breathing complications earlier during the day at SIUT.
Mr Edhi, who was undergoing treatment at SIUT, had been put on a ventilator after breathing complications during the day. His son Faisal Edhi had earlier announced that Edhi was in a critical condition and had also urged the nation to pray for his health.
His son had also disclosed during a press conference that his kidneys had failed and since the philanthropist was more than ninety years old, it was not possible to conduct a kidney transplant.
Faisal Edhi spoke to media personnel after his father had been announced dead.
“I want to tell everyone that Edhi sahab is no more,” said Faisal, while choking on his tears. “His funeral prayers will be offered tomorrow (Saturday) after Zuhr prayers at Memon Masjid at Bolton Market,” he added.
Faisal Edhi also said that they would honour two wishes of Abdul Sattar Edhi.
“He had prepared for himself a grave in Edhi village about twenty-five years ago,” he said. “We will bury him there according to his wishes. Also, he wanted to be buried in the same clothes in which he died. Hence, we will also honour his wish and bury him in the clothes that he passed away,” he added.
Faisal Edhi also disclosed that Abdul Sattar Edhi had willed to have his organs donated. An operation was being conducted to extract his cornea for donation.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was the most renowned philanthropist not only in Pakistan but around the world as well. He had been operating the largest ambulance service in the world and had started from humble means.
Edhi had also established an orphanage which cared for orphans, the needy and the destitute. Edhi provided service to humanity without regard to cast, race, creed, religion or ethnicity.
Courtesy : TheNews