Clinging on to life: ‘Child prodigy under care of best doctors’

Published: January 10, 2012
Arifa after Microsoft recognition. PHOTO: FILE

Arifa after Microsoft recognition. PHOTO: FILE


Dismissing growing speculation in the media, Arfa Karim Randhawa’s father said on Monday that his daughter was being treated in an ‘excellent’ and ‘professional ‘ manner at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Lahore.

Arfa, the youngest certified Microsoft professional in the world, suffered cardiac arrest on December 22, and has been under treatment at the CMH since, where she is on life support. The cardiac arrest in turn led to a ‘global brain injury’ – a term used to indicate damage that spreads through the entire brain due to lack of oxygen.

“We are committed to making all efforts to provide Arfa the best medical attention possible,” said Dr Wasim Wali, a neuro-physician at the hospital.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Dr Wali, who is leading a team of doctors treating Arfa, said the treatment being provided for her condition was on a par with international medical practices. He added that the doctors at CMH were in regular consultation with other specialists. However, he emphasised that the child prodigy is still in a critical condition.

“All medical experts in the field are on board regarding Arfa’s treatment,” Dr Wali said.

“My daughter is receiving ‘universal and unanimous’ treatment, which is standard for anyone in her condition,” said Lt Col Randhawa. He added that the medical care provided to Arfa at this stage did not require any surgical intervention. When asked about recent reports in the media regarding requests for shifting her to Sheikh Zayed Hospital, he replied that she was not in a condition to be shifted anywhere. He said doctors such as Nadir Zafar, who currently heads the neurology department at Sheikh Zayed Hospital, were also on board and completely satisfied with the treatment given.

Lt Col Randhawa added that Microsoft had also arranged a team which was following Karim’s case closely. He said their team of doctors had studied the reports and expressed satisfaction. He added, “This is not a recent development, the Microsoft team has been in continuous consultation for a while now”.

However, he underlined that “Up until the point Arfa starts breathing on her own, we can assume no significant improvement in her condition”, while saying he was thankful for the support and concern extended by everyone. “This is not a political issue; it’s about a young child who along with medical care needs prayers and good wishes”.

Arfa’s father added: “Usually the chances of recovery are less, but Arfa has always been an extraordinary child; God willing, she will get through this too”.

Though Arfa has, for the past several years, been in the spotlight for her recognition as a tech prodigy, she has also lived a regular 16-year-old’s life.

Arfa was Head Girl at Lahore Grammar School’s Paragon campus. Her principal, Salman Yasin, told The Express Tribune:  “She was extremely excited when Atif Aslam performed at the school – she is just like any child her age and we must keep that in mind”.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:43AM

    We are all waiting to see that lively smile on your face. May Allah the Almighty bless you with health and a very speedy recovery…


  • Jan 10, 2012 - 10:51AM

    May Allah give her health soon, Amen, she is an asset of my country


  • kasi
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:29AM

    I’ve faith that she will make it through InshAllah..


  • insight
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:37AM

    Arifa hang in there and get well soon :) Nation is praying for your speedy recovery.


  • Kafka
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:50AM

    Hope she gets well soon. We saw heavy weight politicians being airlifted for medical treatment abroad, but this child prodigy can’t be taken abroad. This shows that we like to invest in our past instead of our future.


    Jan 10, 2012 - 12:12PM

    GET WELL SOON Sister/Friend & PROUD of Nation / Pakistan. May Allah Bless U Good & Healthy Life ‘Aameen’ All Pakistanis Prayers r with U ….. We All LOVE U Need U …. !!


  • Shahzad Hussain
    Jan 10, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Its my prayer that may Allah Almighty give her health soon, God bless you.


  • Dr. Ilyas
    Jan 10, 2012 - 12:46PM

    We pray for the best of her health and pray that she will recover from her illness and again come into anther marvelous success in her lifer


  • Jan 10, 2012 - 12:55PM

    @Kafka: Take it easy dude… Take a deep breath… Please do your homework before posting such a comment here :) Arfa can’t be taken abroad because she is on ventilator hence she can’t be airlifted. Above all her parents are happy with the treatment she is receiving in CMH. Period. For more details you can read this news.


  • g3nu1n3
    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:10PM

    The news of her cardiac arrest came as total shock and frustration, couldnt believe that such a dear child is going through all of that, I covered her story in my blog, when she became the youngest certified Microsoft professional. Our prayers are with you Arfa and your family, may Allah give her speedy recovery, Ameen.


  • S khan
    Jan 10, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Brave Girl ARFA ,we all love you and pray for your early recovery. We salute the parents of ARFA for their paitence and confidence in Pakistani doctors.


  • Alhamdolillah
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:07PM

    However, he underlined that “Up until the point Arfa starts breathing on her own, we can assume no significant improvement in her conditionstrong text”,
    Alhamdolillah..and INSHA ALLAH prayers of all the people will be answered and she will recover soonby the grace of Allah (SWT)


  • JK
    Jan 10, 2012 - 2:40PM

    brave girl…isnhallah she will get well soon high hopes for her…


  • zezu
    Jan 10, 2012 - 3:53PM

    Free her soul! She is in Pain!


  • alicia
    Jan 10, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Allah mian please save this girl. She is too precious to lose. More precious than any politician.


  • TruthNFacts
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Wish Arfa get well soon. May you live longer (ameen).


  • Sam
    Jan 10, 2012 - 5:43PM

    Wishing her health and speedy recovery InshAllah.


  • Samar Malik
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:16PM

    we all should pray for the genius child wholeheartedly. may she be blessed with health and i wish her a speedy recovery. such talented children are the asset of our nation and they deserve to be treated as VIP. bestest wishes for her. Allah bless her and her parents.


  • parvez
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:14PM

    I pray for her.


  • naeem baloch
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:23PM

    may Allah Almighty give her health soon, God bless you Arfa


  • dilawar khan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 8:57PM

    I pray for her.. may Allah bless her and give her health because she is the asset of our country..I pray daily for u sister..we want u healthy quickly…


  • Tariq Mehmood
    Jan 12, 2012 - 1:35AM

    @Ali Salman Alvi:
    Hello Sir,
    I did create a group ( Pray for Arfa Karim) on facebook . can you please update me about her health as I have no contact to anyone close to her and am living in England. I will be really thankful to you for this assistance. or please email me your phone number so i can call you and get updated.
    Tariq Mehmood


  • Jan 12, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Many in the UK are praying for this dear one.
    May the Almighty lavish His mercy and peace on Arfa and her family.


  • Ghias
    Jan 12, 2012 - 10:12PM

    May Allah Tala give her full recover and use her life for the uplift Islam. My humble request to her father is to go to Baitullah and make Do’a there, Allah Tala has made that place full of blessing and Do’as are accepted there.


  • Aziz Khan
    Jan 14, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Very sad to know about the sad demise of Arfa Karim. Her name will be remembered in the history of Pakistanise, who earned a good name for the nation. ” May Almighty rest her soul in peace”.


  • Imran
    Jan 15, 2012 - 3:30PM

    انا لله وانا اليه راجعون
    May الله give her full recover and use her life for the up life. i shall pray for her in بيت الله
    Eng. Shami


  • usman
    Jan 15, 2012 - 9:56PM

    ina lela hy wa ina ely ha rajy oon
    allah give tha place of jant ul fardos


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