Cardiac arrest claims the life of young genius.
Arfa Karim, who was honored as being the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of 9 in 2004, passed away on 14th Jan in Lahore, Pakistan.
The child prodigy was invited by Bill Gates in 2005 to visit Microsoft’s HQ in the US after receiving her MCP certification. The same year, at the age of 10, Arfa was also awarded certification to fly airplanes in Dubai while she was invited to Pakistan Information Technology Professionals Forum on a trip here. Continung with her success, in 2005 Arfa Karim was also presented with the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award as well as the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology by then Prime Minister of Pakistan. In 2006 Arfa was also a part of Microsoft’s keynote for Tech-Ed in Barcelona whose topic was “Get ahead of the game” of which she was a prime example.
While studying for her second year of A Levels in Lahore, Arfa suffered from an epileptic seizure followed by a cardiac arrest on 22nd December 2011. She was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital in critical condition after the seizure caused her brain damage.
On 9th January Bill Gates contacted Arfa’s parents, as reported by Geo TV, offering to provide medical treatment for Arfa, taking care of all her medical expenses. Due to Arfa being on a ventilator and in critical condition, her doctors refused to allow her to be transported to the US. As such, Bill Gates setup a team of international doctors who received updates and provided feedback on her treatment as it progressed.
On 13th Jan it seemed that her condition would improve as her brains showed signs of activity, but on the night of the 14th Arfa Karim passed away.
To pay tribute to one of Pakistan’s brightest minds, The Nation reports that Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif has renamed the Lahore Information Technology Park to Arfa Karim Technology Park. Our condolences to Arfa Karim’s family.