Edhi suffers from kidney failure, to stay on dialysis rest of his life

Published: June 25, 2013

Abdul Sattar Edhi. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Prominent philanthropist and social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi’s kidneys have failed and he will be on dialysis for the rest of his life, said his doctor, Adeebal Rizvi on Tuesday.

“The kidneys have failed but now the condition is under control,” Dr Rizvi explained.

The doctor stressed that the philanthropist was in good health, saying “Edhi sahib does the work on his own…he visits his centre too.”

Edhi, adding to Dr Rizvi’s statement, said “I am fine; I spend 24 hours at the centre.”

While talking to the media, Dr Rizvi said, “If we find a kidney, which matches, then we will transplant his kidneys.”

Earlier this month, Edhi underwent routine medical check-up at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation.

Speaking on the issue of organ donation, Dr Rizvi said ball was in media’s court and that it was media’s job to educate the people about organ donation. “Society needs to create more Edhi.”

“People should write in their will to donate their organs,” said Dr Rizvi adding, “they should be convinced to do so. Princess Diana had written in her will to donate her organs and saved 18 lives.”

Adding to this, Edhi said: “I believe in humanity. If someone dies in an accident then there is no harm in donating his/her organs with his or family’s permission.”

He also said that no one dies by donating kidneys; rather he lives two to four extra years.

Reader Comments (22)

  • nazia
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:47PM

    A great man . May ALLAH give him long life, happiness and health ..
    may his mission be continued . amen

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  • Rick van Holden
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Truely saddened by this. The man is a hero!

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  • Hassan
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:52PM

    Tribune should publish details of the type of kidney required and help him find a donor.

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  • MA
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:52PM

    May Allah bless you with health and courage.

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  • Jun 25, 2013 - 2:52PM

    May Allah grant you health and long life . The nation like us have very few heroes like you!

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  • sgrr
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:53PM

    A beacon of hope for all Pakistanis, May Allah give him health and long life. Ameen.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 25, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Very sad
    Edhi saheb, one of the very few well-wishers of the unfortunate city called Karachi

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  • 123.
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Deeply sad on this news. May Allah keep him healthy and protected. Indeed, after Jinnah he would be the second gem to me.

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  • Wasif M Khan
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:04PM

    May Allah make it easy on this angelic human being, through whom He smiles upon the world! Aameen.

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  • Sajid Iqbal
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:05PM

    My prayers for Edhi sahb.

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  • SAK
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:06PM

    Edhi sahab, you are the real face and proud of Pakistan. May Allah bless you with health.Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:06PM

    Get Well Soon Sir Jee

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  • abcd
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:07PM

    very sad. May he recover soon iA

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  • Ali J
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:13PM

    @Hassan: I will be happy to donate my kidney to this great man, please let me know how to get the matching done

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  • Pakhtoon
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:20PM

    Get Well Soon Edhi Sahab, God Bless U

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  • Hasan
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:23PM

    “Edhi suffers from kidney failure, to stay on dialysis rest of his life”
    He must, and WILL find a donor. He is, without any doubt, the single most deserving recipient in the entire country.

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  • sarang
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:27PM

    the nation prays for his sound health and long life. He is like a Devta for us. So what group kidney is required? For what I offer myself. Present in khi today. Sarang.Recommend

  • Jun 25, 2013 - 3:36PM

    Non-directed live donation means being a live kidney donor to a complete stranger. Let’s do it for Edhi Sb!

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  • nadeem
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:42PM

    Those who cares for others, Allah takes care of them. This man has taken care of others more than himself.

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  • Zubair
    Jun 25, 2013 - 4:16PM

    A gem of a person!. get well soon!!

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  • Ali
    Jun 25, 2013 - 4:36PM

    May Allah grant you a long life; you are a hero to all of us.Recommend

  • Amer M
    Jun 25, 2013 - 4:40PM

    May ALLAH bless this humble and human-loving man with good and quick health. Get Well soon Sir…

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