Hashmat Effendi’s response to human suffering has put smiles on the faces of thousands of children suffering with burns and congenital deformities in Pakistan and around the world. And, because of that, Shalamar Hospital proudly naming the Burns and Plastic Surgery department on Hashmat Effendi, Said Chaudhry Ahmad Saeed, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Shalamar Hospital, Lahore Pakistan 25th November 2017.
Due to her lifelong commitment, passion and dedication to children in Pakistan, Hashmat Effendi has received Tamghe e Imtiaz, the highest civilian award given by government of Pakistan in 2008.
Hashmat Effendi I am humbled to be in the presence of this memorable gathering of Honorable Syed Babar Ali Sahib, Chaudry Ahmad Saeed Sahib and distinguished guest. I am honored that Shalamar Hospital is naming the department on me.
I feel that my work in Pakistan has been a long cheer hard and persistence journey for me – My life’s work in which I have seen the agony, pain, suffering and hopelessness of the humans and human spirit. – My earliest recollections are that I used to accompany my father to Poly clinic Hospital in Islamabad. Being a government officer, he would get excellent service, attention and medications but the sick and suffering poor remained unattended and were desperate. Even at that young age I felt their pain. They were the ones who really needed help. So, I would sneak them my Vitamins. By the time I was 14, I was using my father’s contacts to obtain free hospital treatment for beggars and poor children.
So this journey from distributing medicines on the streets to receiving this honor at Naming Ceremony today – would not have been possible without the blessing of God Almighty, Prayers of my parents, understanding of my family and support of Shalamar Hospital staff and management.
Well know author once said, ‘When you learn, TEACH. When you get, GIVE. So, I gratefully accept this honor of naming the department on me today with an abiding faith that I, my volunteers and my children will continue to struggle to give back even more to sick and poor of my home country who I love very dearly so that I might even be more worthy of today’s honor.
Together, we are indeed making a difference!
Thank you very much. May God Bless you all!