Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corporation and its current non-Executive Chairman, stirred up the movements for the treatment of world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Arfa Karim.
The 16-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest in 2011 following an epileptic attack. The diagnosis was that she has weak cardiac muscles due to a ventricular septal defect, a hole in the heart muscle. She survived the attack but her health remains unstable due to the congenital defect.
However, the recent updates reveal that the Pakistani doctors are giving little attention to her condition at best, and her health is suffering by the day. Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani took notice of the issue recently but very little has been done to date.
Gates, a philanthropist who runs his own non-profit organization called Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, took notice of the situation and contacted Arfa’s father, Amjad Karim Randhawa, on Monday.
Mr. Karim confirmed the news on Tuesday that Bill Gates has indeed contacted him regarding the health and latest status of his daughter’s condition. However, both Karim and Gates were disappointed on the way this situation has been handled.
Karim further stated that Mr. Gates has offered him Arfa’s fully covered treatment in the USA. There is no doubt that the States has the latest apparatus and health care equipment to perform required surgery. However, according to Pakistani officials, Arfa’s health condition does not permit her to change locations, much less another country, as she is on ventilators.
However, Gates’ doctors have received all of Arfa’s reports so far. The exchange took place over the internet, Karim confirmed. The US medical staff is looking into the situation remotely and will transfer Arfa to the US whenever it is possible.
In addition, doctors are also considering other options for her treatment; most probably some will fly to Pakistan.
The public received the news in a feud and disappointment. The Bill Gates offer clearly means that Pakistani authorities are taking the situation very lightly where it is a serious matter of respecting the top talent.
Arfa became Microsoft Certified Professional in 2004 at the age of 9, becoming the youngest MCP in the history of Microsoft. She held the title for four years until 2008. To date, she has been invited to a number of conferences held by Microsoft all over the world.