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A teenager who at age nine became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional has died after suffering complications resulting from an epileptic stroke.
Arfa Karim Randhawa, 16 from Faisalabad, Pakistan was given the Microsoft Certified Professional award at 9 and was subsequently invited to Microsoft’s headquarters by Bill Gates where she impressed the executives with her programming knowledge.
After Karim fell ill and was taken to hospital, Bill Gates apparently reached out to the family and offered to pay for her medical care, proposing moving Karim to the U.S. for better treatment, although doctors decided it was against her best interests given she was on a ventilator.
Her father, Amjad Karim, revealed that he was saddened to learn of her death and the loss of such a rare talent.
Funeral prayers were offered on Sunday in Lahore before her body was taken to her native village Ram Dewali, Faisalabad, for burial.