Published: Friday 30 December, 2016

Teenaged Girl Who Lived in a Plastic Bowl Due to Mystery Illness Dies

A girl who had been forced to live in a plastic bowl after her limbs stopped growing has died.

The girl who lived in a plastic bowl

The girl who lived in a plastic bowl. (Screengrab: Barcroft TV/YouTube)

Rahma Haruna from Nigeria grabbed the world’s attention when her plight became viral a few months ago. The teenaged girl became known as ‘the girl who lived in a plastic bowl’ after photos of Rahma were featured in news stories, blogs and social media posts.

On Christmas Day, Rahma Haruna died.

The 19-year old became confined to a plastic bowl after being struck by a mystery illness that caused her limbs to stop growing when she was six months old. She was also in constant pain, according to her mother, who appealed for help for her daughter’s condition earlier this year.

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“From six months when she learnt how to sit that was when it began. She didn’t learn how to crawl,” said her mother, Fadi.

“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,” Fadi added.

But doctors were baffled by her condition until her death. The family sold almost all they had to find relief for Rahma to no avail.

Rahma ‘lived’ in a plastic bowl because that is what her family uses to move her about. A younger sibling would take her to town to beg for alms to help her family.

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A few months before her death, the girl who lived in plastic bowl received a wheelchair from donors, and this made a big difference in her daily life. She did not have to be carried around anymore and that meant a lot to Rahma.