World's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, Arfa Karim Randhawa, died recently in a hospital at Lahore, Pakistan at the age of 16, confirmed a family member.
Two weeks ago, Randhawa, was admitted to a military hospital after suffering from epileptic seizures which became the cause of her brain damage, reports The Economic Times.
Zafar Iqbal, a senior neurosurgeon at the military hospital said, "Arfa was hospitalised in a critical condition with meagre chances of survival because of a severe attack of idiopathic epilepsy fits."
Further adding, "There were almost no signs of life as neither her heart was functioning nor blood was circulating to the brain."
A grief stricken father Col. (retired) Amjad Karim said that the loss is hard to bear, however, he requested the Pakistani people to "help in fulfilling her dreams in the education sector."
Randhawa, at the age of nine, became the youngest Microsoft professional when she completed MCP 2004. In fact, Bill Gates offered to finance the expenses of Randhawa's treatment in the US, however, her severe condition compelled her from taking a flight to the US.
In a very short time, she was awarded many honours and received gold medals from various public and private institutions including the President's Award for Pride of Performance and the Fatimah Jinnah Gold Medal.