ISLAMABAD, Nov 26: Hollywood star Brad Pitt here on Saturday announced donation of 40 orthopaedic beds to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) which has been struggling to cope with thousands of seriously injured patients since the October 8 earthquake.

He decided to fund the beds worth over $100,000 after seeing the devastation in the Allai valley, Balakot and Muzaffarabad.

“These people have suffered so much; but they have such tremendous spirit,” he said. “I’m really moved by the relief efforts and the community spirit, and very happy to be able to help the victims in some way.”

Mr Pitt, visiting Pakistan with UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, met Pims Executive Director Dr Fazle Hadi to finalize details of the donation. The hospital now counts 654 amputees among its patients from the earthquake, which killed more than 73,000 people and left an equal number seriously injured.

“We told the UNHCR a few days ago that we urgently needed 40 special orthopaedic beds for the survivors with spinal injuries,” said Dr Hadi.

He said these special beds used electronics and hydraulics to move and turn the patients in every way.

He told Mr Pitt, “We did not expect to get a response so soon, and we are extremely grateful for your prompt and generous offer.”

On the last day of their three-day visit to the quake zone, Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie helped airlift and distribute food rations to villagers in Jabel Sharoon situated 6,000 feet above sea level.—Staff Reporter

Opinion

A fragmenting ummah
Updated 23 Jul 2021

A fragmenting ummah

Muslims are suffering in many parts of the world, all of which is known by other Muslims, but that nevertheless continues.
Virtual vultures
Updated 22 Jul 2021

Virtual vultures

Pegasus software has stirred a storm of indignation across the globe.
Shifting goalposts
Updated 20 Jul 2021

Shifting goalposts

Afghanistan is one place where proxy war by regional and bigger powers has always been a constant.

Editorial

India’s admission
Updated 21 Jul 2021

India’s admission

It was no secret that India had been manoeuvring behind the scenes to ensure that Pakistan remained on the grey list.
EU headscarf ban
Updated 23 Jul 2021

EU headscarf ban

Moves by the EU to curtail the religious freedoms of Muslims and others in the bloc need to be reviewed.
Disposal of offal
Updated 22 Jul 2021

Disposal of offal

The least people can do is to make an effort and dump entrails in designated areas.
New blow for Pak-Afghan ties
Updated 20 Jul 2021

New blow for Pak-Afghan ties

Islamabad police need to build a watertight case around their final conclusions because the stakes could not have been higher.
20 Jul 2021

FDI decline

THE worrisome, sharp decline in the more permanent, non-debt-creating foreign direct investment, or FDI, should be a...
20 Jul 2021

Another tragic accident

ALMOST every other week, if not every other day, newspapers report deadly road and rail accidents. It has been ...