An incredible teenage girl who was born without limbs and relied on a plastic bucket to live her life has tragically passed away on Christmas Day.
Rahma Haruna found worldwide fame after a photograph of her being carried by her brother, Fahad, in a plastic bucket went viral online.
19-year-old Rahma from Kano, Nigeria, was a healthy baby but at six months old she suddenly stopped growing due to a mystery condition. She was limbless and in constant pain.
“From six months when she learned how to sit, that was when it began,” explained her Mother, Fadi, “She didn’t learn how to crawl. She had a fever, then stomach pains. She cannot use [her hands and legs] when the ache strikes.”
Doctors were baffled by Rahma’s condition, with some suggesting she was struck down by an evil supernatural being called a “jinn”.
Rahma relied on a plastic bucket to remain upright and was given a wheelchair so she could be pushed around by her family.
Her brother, Fahad, said, “I help her in many ways. Bathing her is another thing I do. And taking her out every day.”
“I feel happy when I see people helping her. I like taking her to our relatives. She feels happy when we visit them.”
Despite her disability, Rahma was always grateful to her family for “helping me a lot” and “giving me anything I need” and was full of hope for her future.
Rahma hoped to start a business and own her own grocery store, but tragically that wish would not come true.
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)
We can all take inspiration from Rahma’s incredible strength and story. RIP, Rahma.