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By Adeshola Fashola

A Pakistani teenager who at 9 became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional has died.

Computer genius Arfa Karim Randhawa, 16, died two weeks ago after complications resulting from an epileptic stroke.

The Microsoft Certified Professional award is a title given to those who master the company’s programmes and is often used by adults to further their careers in the tech field.

After being given the certification, Karim was subsequently invited to visit Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, by the company’s founder Bill Gates.

Karim, then 10, met with Gates and other Microsoft executives during the visit, impressing them with her knowledge of programming at such a young age.

According to Geo.TV, after Karim was taken in to hospital, Gates reached out to the family and offered to pay for her medical care. It was reported he also proposed moving Karim to the US for better treatment, although doctors decided it was against her best interests given she was on a ventilator.

Her father, Amjad Karim, said Gates was saddened to learn of her death and the loss of such a rare talent.

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