Arfa Karim Randhawa, the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world, has died at the age of 16, according to her family.
Randhawa was rushed to a military hospital in Lahore about two weeks ago, after suffering epileptic seizures that caused brain damage on December 22.
Doctors pronounced her dead over the weekend.
“Arfa was hospitalized in a critical condition with meagre chances of survival because of a severe attack of idiopathic epilepsy fits.
“There were almost no signs of life as neither her heart was functioning nor blood was circulating to the brain,” said senior neurosurgeon Zafar Iqbal.
Her father, Col. Amjad Karim said, “It is hard to bear the loss but I request the people of Pakistan to help fulfil her dreams in the education sector.”
Bill Gates had offered to pay for the expenses of the girl’s treatment in America, but she couldn’t be taken overseas due to her fragile condition.
Randhawa was just nine years old when she became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional back in 2004.
At the age of 10, Arfa Karim Randhawa achieved a license to pilot an airplane.
She received several accolades for her achievements at the time, including the President’s Award for Pride of Performance and Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal.
Pakistanis took to social networking sites to express their grief at her premature passing and President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani were among those who paid her homage.
Arfa Karim was never one to conform to society’s standards, once telling journalist Todd Bishop, “If you want to do something big in life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind. If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident, you act confident. Therefore, never let shyness conquer your mind.”
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