Thursday, July 21, 2016

The TEENAGE GIRL who Spends Life in a BOWL

Rahma Haruna | Source

Due to a mysterious condition that causes her arms and legs to stop developing properly, a teenage girl lives her life in a plastic bowl.

But despite being virtually limbless and in constant pain, Rahma Haruna is a bright and happy girl.

The cause of Rahma's condition is unknown, despite her family working hard to find one.

Rahma's father, Hussaini, said: "I've spent 15 years searching for the cure. I farm, go to the market and lots more looking for money to pay for her bills.

Rahma being helped by her loving family | Barcroft

"I sold almost everything in my possession. I have spent more than one million naira (£2,600), so far. Only God knows the real amount of what I had spent."

Rahma's family hope to get the attention of a charity or medical specialist who can help with the teen's daily pain.

The 19-year-old, from a Kano village in Nigeria, has no functional limbs but instead miniature versions of them. She was born healthy but at six months old things changed. Her growth came to a sudden halt and stopped reaching development milestones.

Rahma's mother Fadi, seen carrying her in a bowl. | Barcroft

Her mother, Fadi, said: "From six months when she learnt how to sit that was when it began. She didn't learn how to crawl.

Baby Rahma | Barcroft

"She started with a fever and that was it. Then stomach pains.

Then her body parts like hands and legs. She cannot use any if the ache strikes."

Doctors have been baffled by Rahma's condition and some have even put it down to the teenager being struck down by a jinn - a supernatural being in Islamic mythology.

Her 10-year-old brother Fahad who she is very close to, always takes her on his head in the plastic bowl and go around the city of Kano in search of charity donations.


Thankfully, she was spotted by a Good Samaritan who manged to put a smile on her face after he was touched by her story.

Ibrahim M. Jirgi, a former BBC correspondence and philanthropist, donated a wheelchair to the 19-year-old physically challenged girl. It has already made a big difference.

Rahma being pushed around in her donated wheelchair by her mother Fadi | Barcroft

Despite all this, the brave teenager is optimistic about her future and dreams of someday opening her own shop stating, "I thank God in everything I do.

"I want to start a business. A grocery store and anything people buy, that is what I want."


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