Artfa karim Randhawa, the Pakistani who became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine in 2005 is dead.
The 16 year old who went into coma on December 22 after suffering an epileptic attack and cardiac arrest died on saturday 14th January after excessive throat bleeding.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates bankrolled her medical expenses had earlier proposed moving Karim to the U.S. for better treatment but doctors decided it was against her best interest given Karim was on a ventilator.
Funeral prayers were offered on Sunday in Lahore before her body was taken to her native village Ram Dewali, Faisalabad for burial.
Karim received the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology, presented by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2005, and was also the recipient of the President's Award for Pride of Performance.
In November 2006, she was invited by Microsoft to be a part of the keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers conference in Barcelona. She was the only Pakistani among over 5,000 developers in that conference, themed 'Get ahead of the game'.
A permanent monument is also to be erected in her honour.
The IT Media City in Karachi will be renamed after the computer prodigy, and will now be known as Arfa Karim IT Media City, Karachi, according to local media reports.
The world has lost another genius. Sad much. May her soul Rest In Peace
Source: Daily Mail