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Teenage girl with full-sized head but body of a baby lives in a washing-up BOWL

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Essentially limbless and in constant pain Rahma Haruna is forced to spend her days in a blue washing up bowl. The 19-year-old 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.

 

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-RAHMA’S FATHER HUSSAINI

“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.Remarkably the teenager from Kano, Nigeria, is a bright and happy girl and hopes to open a grocery store.

Rahma was born a healthy baby but stopped growing properly when she was six months oldSANI MAIKATANGA/ BARCROFT IMAGE

Rahma was born a healthy baby but stopped growing properly when she was six months old

Rahma's mother Fadi, seen carrying her in a bowl SANI MAIKATANGA/ BARCROFT IMAGE

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Rahma’s mother Fadi, seen carrying her in a bowl 

Rahma is often in pain because of her mystery illnessSANI MAIKATANGA/ BARCROFT IMAGE

Rahma is often in pain because of her mystery illness

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.”“My family help me a lot. How do they? They give me anything I need.”

The cause of Rahma’s condition is unknown, despite her family working hard to secure a diagnosis.

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