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Jakarta Post

Jimmy Engineer: A Pakistani painter’s passion for people

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 6 2013   /  12:35 pm

JP/Novia D. Rulistia Given a second chance to at life, Pakistani painter Jimmy Engineer repaid the miracle by living four different lives, as an artist, social worker, human rights and peace activist.

Born in a Parsi family 58 years ago in Loralai Baluchistan, a remote part of Pakistan, and grew up in Lahore. Little Jimmy suffered from kidney failure when he was just 6 years old.

“At the age of 6 I had to quit school because I was very ill and doctors told my parents that I only had three months to live. Both my kidneys had failed,” he said recently.

Despite the grim prognosis, Jimmy survived and recovered after three months and both of his kidneys began to work normally again.

Most children with a double kidney failure back then died because transplants were still very uncommon in the early 1960s.

Since then, he never looked at things in the sa...