Rahma Haruna the 19 year old woman with a half body, has big plans for her life : So Touching

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19 year old Rahma Haruna being dressed by her mother

When Rahma Haruna was six months old, her arms and legs stopped developing.

Now 19, she lives with her family in the village of Lahadin Makole, close to Kano in Nigeria.

Rahma Haruna in her wheelchair

Contending with chronic pain, she is practically immobile and spends most of her waking hours in a plastic bowl, which her family transport her around in.

Rahma being fed in her bowl on June 21 2016
Rahma Haruna being fed in her bowl on June 21 2016 CREDIT: SANI MAIKATANGA / BARCROFT IMAGE
 

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.”

For much of her life Rahma’s family would carry her in her bowl, with her brother Fahad taking her into Kano each day to beg for handouts. However, last year a journalist, Ibrahim Jirgi, gave the family a wheelchair.

Rahma Haruna being dressed by her mother Fadi

The Haruna family also experienced an upturn in their fortunes when local freelance photographer Sani Maikatanga shared images of Rahma on social media, which prompted an inundation of requests from strangers who wanted to help in any way they could.

The family are now hoping to be offered some kind of medical support. Although Rahma has received some consultations, her condition has never been professionally diagnosed.

Fahad told reporters that he takes particular care of his sister: “I help her in many ways. Bathing her is another thing I do, and taking her out every day.

Rahma and Fahad
Rahma Haruna and her brother Fahad
“I feel happy whenever I see people helping her. I like taking to our relatives. She feels happy when we visit them.”
Rahma Haruna with brother Fahad

Despite her severe disability, Rahma has entrepreneurial ambitions: “I want to start a business,” she said. “A grocery store and anything people buy, that is what I want.”

Credit: Telegraph News