A teenage girl born without limbs who lived the majority of her life in a plastic bowl, tragically died on Christmas Day.
Rahma Haruna became famous around the world after a picture of her being carried by her brother was shared online, The Mirror reports.
The photojournalist who took the snap, Sani Maikatanga, shared the tragic news about the 19-year-old’s death on their Instagram page.
RIP. Allah ya ji kan ki Rahama. I met Rahama in January 10, 2016. We flew to Kano after @maikatanga_photography posted a picture of her on his page. I didn't meet with Rahama for any reason other than she was an extraordinary human that needed someone to listen and to act on issues at hand. We kept contact with Rahama via @maikatanga_photography..So many people including Ali Jita came from far and wide to meet with her family. She is one of the most pleasant people I have met this year. We continue to pray for strength within her family. Rahama died yesterday on Christmas Day! Cc @i_rabbi (management)
Rahma, from Kano, northern Nigeria, appeared to be a healthy baby but at six months old her growth suddenly stopped due to a mystery condition. It left her almost limbless and in constant pain.
Doctors were baffled by Rahma’s condition, with some even suggesting she was struck down by a supernatural being called a ‘jinn’.
Her mother, Fadi, said:
From six months when she learnt how to sit that was when it began. She didn’t learn how to crawl. She started with a fever and that was it. Then stomach pains. Then her body parts like hands and legs. She cannot use any if the ache strikes.
Rahma needed to be in the plastic bowl in order to keep herself upright and was recently given a wheelchair so she could be pushed around by her family.
Despite her limitations she spoke of her dream to run a small shop as a grocer, but sadly she did not live long enough to make that wish come true.