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Read the Heartbreaking Story Of Rahma Haruna, Kano Teen Who Lives in a Bowl

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Like any other teenager, she is a bright, happy girl who one day dreams of opening her own shop.

But after being born with a mysterious condition, Rahma Haruna has no limbs and suffers constant pain, as she lives most of her life in a plastic bowl.

The 19-year-old from Kano was born a healthy baby but when she turned six months old her growth came to a sudden halt and she stopped hitting key development milestones.

The illness, which has prevented her arms and legs from developing, has left the 19-year-old limbless.
Speaking about her daughter’s condition, her mum, Fadi, from Kano, Nigeria, explained: “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.”
*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** KANO, NIGERIA - 21 JUNE: Rahma, 19, pictured with her 10-year old brother Fahad on June 21, 2016 in Kano, Nigeria. A teenage girl born without limbs lives her life in a plastic bowl. Rahma Haruna is a bright, happy girl, despite suffering from a mystery condition that stopped her arms and legs developing properly - leaving her practically limbless and in constant pain. The 19-year- old, from Kano, Nigeria, was born a healthy baby but when she turned six months old her growth came to a sudden halt and she stopped hitting key development milestones. 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¿s family do their best to provide her with a fulfilling life and transport her around the village in a plastic bowl.Rahma said: ¿They help me a lot. How do they? They give me anything I need.¿ PHOTOGRAPH BY Sani Maikatanga / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com
The condition leaves her in great pain and to transport the teen around the village, her caring family carry her around in a plastic bowl.
Much of the responsibility is taken up by Rahma’s 19-year-old brother Fahad, who lovingly dotes on his older sister. Protective Fahad confessed: “I help her in many ways. Bathing her is another thing I do, and taking her out every day.
 
“I feel happy whenever I see people helping her. I like taking to our relatives. She feels happy when we visit them.”
Even though Rahma has had some medical consultations, her illness is yet to be diagnosed.
Some professionals have told the family that they believe the teen has been struck down by a jinn, a supernatural being from Islamic mythology.
As well as helping Rahma with her mobility, her family have sacrificed a lot in their battle to get her condition medically recognised.
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Rahma’s dad, Hussaini, explained: “I’ve spent 15 years searching for the cure. I farm, go to the market and lots more looking for money to pay for her bills.
 
“I sold almost everything in my possession. I have spent more than one million naira (£2,600), so far. Only God knows the real amount of what I had spent.”
The family hopes someone would come and help their daughter and alleviate her from the suffering.

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