Name : Arfa Karim
Born : 2 February 1995
Died : 14 January 2012 (aged 16)
Arfa Karim was a Pakistani student who, in 2004 at the age of nine, became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).
– Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums including the TechEd Developers Conference.
– She also received the President’s Award for Pride of Performance.
– A science park in Lahore, the Arfa Software Technology Park, was named after her.
– She was invited by Bill Gates to visit Microsoft Headquarters in the U.S.
In 2011, at the age of 16, Arfa was studying at the Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus in her second year of A-levels. On 22 December 2011 she suffered a cardiac arrest after an epileptic seizure that damaged her brain, and was admitted to Lahore’s Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in critical condition.
On 9 January 2012, Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, contacted Arfa’s parents and directed his doctors to adopt “every kind of measure” for her treatment. Gates set up a special panel of international doctors who remained in contact with her local doctors through teleconference.
Arfa died in hospital at Lahore on 14 January 2012, aged 16. Her funeral, which was held on the following day, was attended by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. She was buried at her ancestral village Chak No. 4JB Ram Dewali, Faisalabad.
Today (14th January 2016) is her 4th death anniversary. This great daughter of nation would always be remember in our hearts.