FAISALABAD: Child prodigy Aarifa Karim Randhawa continued to startle the world on Friday, when she showed signs of life a day after doctors at Lahore’s CMH hospital gave up all hope for her survival after she suffered a cardiac arrest on December 22.
A day after her doctors suggested switching off her life support saying there was ‘no hope’; Aarifa started showing some brain activity and twitched her fingers, her father Lt Col (Retd) Amjad Karim Randhawa told The Express Tribune. The youngest-ever Microsoft certified professional, however, is still in critical condition.
The family has been receiving calls from across the world for Aarifa’s health and prayers for her recovery, her father said. After the latest development in her condition, doctors and experts at the hospital shifted their strategy on trying to save Aarifa.
Aarifa Karim, a Pakistani girl from Faisalabad who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in 2004 at the age of nine, is in a critical condition in a hospital, Express News reported on Thursday.
The doctors say that Karim had a heart attack which affected her brain, causing her to slip into a coma.
Karim had earned the Fatima Jinnah gold medal and Salam Pakistan Youth Award in 2005 over her achievement.
She was also invited to the Microsoft Headquarters in the US by Bill Gates for being the World’s youngest MCP.
Karim also earned her first flight certificate by flying a plane at a flying club in Dubai at the age of 10, and was invited by Microsoft in 2006 to be a key-note speaker at the Tech-Ed Developers Conference, where she was the only Pakistani among over 5,000 developers.
She is currently 16 years old and is studying at Lahore Grammar School Paragon Campus. (News)
Pakistani: We posted on her before 2 years ago here. We wish her a speedy recovery!
There is no one person behind this blog. Though I started this blog in June 2009 but since then I have been very lucky to find real amazing people who have made this blog so good. You should read more about them here and even better, follow them!
Malala Yousafzai stood up against all odds. In defiance of the Taliban in Swat, she decided to acquire education and helped her peers to do the same. The thirteen-year-old’s dauntless struggle is to now be officially recognised.
Malala, who was recently honoured with the first National Peace Award for Youth, is to now have the award named after her. The annual award will now be known as the National Malala Peace Prize. It will be presented to outstanding Pakistan youth below 18 years of age.
On Malala’s request herself, the prime minister has also directed the authorities to set up an IT campus in the Swat Degree College for Women.
For the upcoming year, Malala expressed her resolve to keep working for girls’ rights not only in Swat valley but across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. She is looking forward to support from the country as well as the Pakhtun community in this regard.
From a primary school in Lyari to Yale’s School of Medicine, Dr Junaid Razzak’s story is an inspiring one.
Today, Razzak is a renowned emergency medicine expert and the executive director of the Aman Foundation. He started his schooling at a humble primary school in Lyari, completing his secondary education from Nasira School in Depot Lines. Not one to be held back, the hard-working student subsequently attended Adamjee Science College where his impressive grades and unbounded enthusiasm won him a scholarship at the prestigious Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), the top private medical institution in the country.
It was in his fourth year of medical school that Razzak discovered his true calling: emergency medicine. “Fourth year is the time when you choose your field. Most of my fellow students went abroad for internships, but I stayed back and spent time in the emergency room at AKUH,” he says.
Before they could come back, Razzak did his PhD in Public Health at the world-renowned Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, where he focused on the use of ambulance data for monitoring road traffic accidents. Finally, in 2005, the studious boy from Kharadar returned to Pakistan as a successful, qualified expert in emergency medicine.
He joined his alma mater, AKUH as a faculty member and went on to successfully found Pakistan’s first emergency medicine service (EMS) training programme at the university. “There were many doctors who were awarded their degrees without ever administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as it wasn’t a requirement,” he reveals.
This changed when his EMS programme became a mandatory rotation that all students had to serve. Subsequently, Razzak went on to build and head a new emergency department. Yet, the battle was just half won. Students in the new department faced a dilemma, similar to the one Razzak had as a student. They were required to go to the United Kingdom to sit for their exam, otherwise they would not be considered qualified.
“We had trainees, but no exams here,” he says. “If these students couldn’t sit for their exams here, they weren’t qualified on paper and therefore couldn’t be hired as consultants.”
Determined to remove, for others, the hurdles that he himself had crossed only after many toils, Razzak collaborated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) to organise a curriculum for the specialised field. The first batch for this course was enrolled last year. Now students wanting to specialise in emergency medicine will be able to obtain certification in their chosen field, without having to travel abroad.
“I consider this a major achievement,” he says with a smile. “I don’t think there is any country that requires this specialisation more than us, with all the natural disasters, deteriorating law and order situation and terrorist attacks that we face.”
At just 40, this medical expert has achieved what most people can only dream of in a lifetime, but he still has big plans for the future. Razzak will shortly launch a tele-health service for Aman Foundation and dreams of building a world-class health facility in Pakistan. It seems that nothing is impossible for this inspirational doctor.
Mike Tyson, Amir Khan likely to attend Islamabad event: PBF
ISLAMABAD: The 2nd Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Championship, to be staged in Islamabad from Dec 20, is likely to host a number of legendary figures including former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, 45, and current boxing sensation Amir Khan who will inaugurate the high-profile tournament.
In a press conference organsied by the Pakistan Boxing Federation on Monday, the PBF president Doda Khan Bhutto told the media about the lavish plans in the offing for the event.
“Famous boxer Amir Khan has already confirmed his participation in the event on our request while former boxing great Mike Tyson has asked us to provide the dates for the event. The former world champion is quite likely to attend the 10-day event,” he said.
Doda further disclosed that 23 countries have already confirmed their participation while the total number of participating countries will be 25.
Pakistan Army alongwith Islamabad Police will be asked to provide top level security to the teams in the major boxing extravaganza, he said, “Discussions are underway with the Army and Islamabad Police for provision of foolproof security in the event.”
None of the foreign teams have visited Pakistan since that ghastly terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore during March 2008, expressing security fears about playing in the region.
Doda, however, maintained that they have successfully managed to convince the international teams to compete in the Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Championship which will do a lot of good to Pakistan’s image and will boost the economic activity as well.
Elaborating on Pakistan Boxing Federation’s plans for the event, Doda said: “We will introduce three teams in different categories during the event which will cost the federation around Rs60 million.”
He said that they would try to generate money through sponsors which would ensure that financial constraints do not hamper successful staging of the event. However, he said there has been no offer of assistance from the Pakistan Cricket Board yet.
According to one federation official, the opening ceremony would be a paid event while there will be free entry for boxing fans during the ten days of the championship. The event will be held at the Liaquat Gymnasium.
Wish FHM India could get a “hotter” Pakistani on their cover, wish International and National media had a “real news” to share, hope no Pakistani wastes time by protesting this thing, and finally congratulations to Veena who probably couldn’t do anything else in her life anyway.