Teen Prodigy Recognized by Microsoft Now in Critical Condition

Todd Wasserman

A 16 year-old girl who was once deemed one of the youngest Microsoft Professionals in the world, is in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest on Dec. 22.

Arfa Karim Randhawa, who received that recognition at age 9 after meeting Bill Gates, is currently on life support in a hospital in Pakistan. Doctors there say there's no hope for her survival, according to a report in The Express Tribune.

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Arfa's father, Lt Col (Retd) Amjad Karim Randhawa told the publication that that the cardiac arrest was caused by an epileptic attack, which also damaged her brain. "Only a miracle will allow my brilliant, genius daughter to live now," he told the paper.

Arfa, who began showing an interest in computers at age 5, passed Microsoft's rigorous certification in 2004. To attain the credential, applicants had to show technical proficiency .Net, Visual Studio 6.0 and Windows Server 2003.

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“Everyone thought the result was wrong,” Randhawa told The Tribune. Afterwards, when Arfa returned to Pakistan, she became a national celebrity. In 2006, Arfa also took part in the keynote session in the Microsoft Tech-Ed Developers conference in Barcelona.

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