LAHORE: Chairman of Microsoft, billionaire Bill Gates has contacted the parents of the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Arfa Karim and offered to bear the expenses of her treatment in the US, Geo News reported.
According to Arfa's father, Amjab Karim Randhawa, Bill Gates telephoned him and expressed his wish about Arfa's treatment in the US.
Gates has also directed his doctors to adopt every kind of measure for the treatment of the young genius Microsoft professional.
Gates' doctors contacted Arfa's Pakistani doctors and received details about the illness through the internet.
Meanwhile, Pakistani doctors are of the view that Arfa is on ventilator, therefore, it will be hard to shift her to any other hospital.
Arfa Karim was handling a project of NASA before she fell ill.
Arifa Karim has been in intensive care after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest.
Her father said the doctors told him that the brain of her daughter is still working and they no longer consider her case as hopeless.
According to the doctors, he said, EEG report had rekindled hope for her life but treatment facilities are not available in Pakistan. He said that the reports of Arfa were sent to various countries from where he gets positive response.
Born in 1995, Arfa Karim got the honor of World’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional when she was only 9 years old in 2004. Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft, invited Arfa to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the USA in the age of 10 only.
Later, in August 2005, Arfa was also honored by the Pakistan Government for the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in the field of Science and Technology which she received from then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. She was also honored with Salaam Pakistan Youth Award in 2005 which has been set up by Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate Dr Abdul Salam. Moreover, Arfa has won the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance.
Arfa has represented her country Pakistan on a variety of international fora. She was also included as the honorable guest by IT Professionals of Dubai for two weeks stay in Dubai. During that trip, Arfa was awarded by a number of medals and awards from various tech societies and computer companies working in Dubai.
Amazingly, she has been certified for flying a plane at a flying club in Dubai at the age of 10.
Arfa also participated in Microsoft keynote session in the Tech-Ed Developers Conference held in Barcelona, in 2006. The theme of the conference was “Get ahead of the game” and Arfa was in fact a great example of being ahead of the game.