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21 July 2016

Meet the girl born with no arms or legs who lives in a plastic bowl

no armA teenage girl who was tragically born without limbs suffers from chronic pain daily, and is lives in a plastic bowl.

Even though Rahma Haruna was born healthy, when she turned six months old, she started to suffer the traumatic symptoms of a mystery condition.

*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** KANO, NIGERIA - 21 JUNE: Rahma being given water in her bowl 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

When her chronic pain flares up, Rahma is left completely incapacitated and heavily relies on her family.

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.

*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** KANO, NIGERIA - 21 JUNE: Rahma's mother Fadi, seen carrying her in a bowl 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

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.

*** EXCLUSIVE - VIDEO AVAILABLE *** KANO, NIGERIA - 21 JUNE: Rahma being lifted out of her bowl to get dressed by her mother Fadi 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

As well as helping Rahma with her mobility, her family have sacrificed a lot in their battle to get her condition medically recognised.

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.”

*** 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 determined family also hope to attract the attention of a charity or specialist who can offer some advice.

Since starting their campaign, the Harundas have received a number of generous gifts.

A kind-hearted donor has given the family a wheelchair, which helps to transport Rahma around the village.

Even though Rahma battles with severe symptoms every day, she refuses to let her condition get in the way of her hopes and dreams.

She said: “I thank God in everything I do.

“I want to start a business. A grocery store and anything people buy, that is what I want.”

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