Arfa Karim Randhawa
January 17, 2012 by staff
Arfa Karim Randhawa, Arfa Karim Randhawa, the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, died at the age of 16 from complications following an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest. Karim, a Pakistani, became a Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine, in 2005.
Condolences have been pouring in from all over the world for the girl’s family and Bill Gates since she died. Daily Mail reports that Karim went into a coma on December 22, following an epileptic attack and cardiac arrest. She was admitted to the Combined Military Hospital in Lahore and placed on life support at the Intensive Care Unit. IB Times reports that Karim’s condition had been improving when she suffered a tracheotomy complication on Saturday evening and died.
Karim was buried on Sunday in her native village Ram Dewali, Faisalabad, after a funeral prayer in Lahore. The funeral prayer was attended by a large crowd, including Pakistani Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, politicians and Karim’s colleagues.
After Randhawa came to international attention in 2005, when she became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine, she was invited in 2006, at the age of 10, to visit Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where she met Bill Gates.
After she was hospitalized, Gates offered to pay for her medical care and proposed moving her to the U.S. for better treatment. Doctors, however, thought that moving her was not in the interest of her health because she was on a ventilator and in a critical condition.
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