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Mystery condition leaves teen without limbs and the body of a child.

Rahma Haruna is a 19-year-old girl who has lived the majority of her life in a plastic bowl.

Teen lives in bucket (Sani Maikatanga/Barcroft Image).

Teen lives in bucket (Sani Maikatanga/Barcroft Image).

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By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
CALIFORNIA NETWORK (https://www.youtube.com/c/californianetwork)
7/21/2016 (3 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Teen, bucket, Rahma Haruna, limbs, bowl


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Daily Mail, the teen was born with an unknown condition, leaving her without limbs, constant pain and the body of a 6-month-old child.

Her head continued to grow and her cognitive abilities are sound but her physical abilities are extremely limited.


Rahma's mother, Fadi, 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. She cannot use any if the ache strikes."

Though the pain can leave her unable to function, Rahma insists she is happy.

Her family carries her around the village in a large blue plastic bowl.

Rahma's 10-year-old little brother, Fahad, happily explained: "I help her in many ways. Bathing her is another thing I do. And taking her out everyday. I fell happy whenever I see people helping her. I like taking [her] to our relatives. She feels happy when we visit them."

"They help me a lot," Rahma said of her family. "How do they? They give me anything I need."

Rahma

Rahma's body stopped growing when she was only 6-months-old but she refuses to allow it to stop her from living her life (Sani Maikatanga/Barcroft Image).


Despite her claim, Rahma's father, Hussaini, believes he hasn't done enough for his daughter.

"I've spent 15 years searching for the cure," he shared. "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 ($3,352,890), so far. Only God knows the real amount of what I had spent."

Baffled doctors have blamed jinn, a supernatural being believed to possess humans, for her condition, leaving no answers and no room for a cure.

Her family made Rahma's condition public in an attempt to grab the attention of a specialist who can help or perhaps a charity to ease her life.

Once her story was out, many offered gifts, such as a donated wheelchair, which has drastically improved Rahma's life.

"We once went to a supermarket and we met someone who bought her wheels," her mother recalled. "He snapped our photo and it was published in the local papers. Since then we have been getting help from people."

Rahma understands her physical limitations but handles it - and the constant pain - well. She holds tightly to hope of a bright future and shared her dreams.


"I thank God in everything I do," she stated before explaining: "I want to start a business. A grocery store and anything people buy, that is what I want."

Please pray for the Lord to ease Rahma's pain and to bring healing to her body. Remember, for God, all things are possible.

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