A week after the attack, doctors said there was no hope for her survival and that her life support could be switched off "at any time." However, she then miraculously responded to certain stimuli, as recently as January 14. Doctors said that her brain had been making minor improvements over the past four days, showing increasing activity. However, after 26 days in critical condition, one of Pakistan's "brightest brains" lost her struggle for life.
Arfa, who began showing an interest in computers at age 5, passed Microsoft's rigorous certification in 2004 when she was only 9 years old. Bill Gates, the Chairman of Microsoft, invited Arfa to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the US when she was the age of 10. The child prodigy received many awards, including the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal from the Pakistan government in 2005 as well as the Salaam Pakistan Youth Award and the Presidential Award for Pride of Performance. (http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-30931-Arfa-Karim-passes-away-in-Lhr-hospital)
Could pesticides, vaccines or other synthetic chemicals be to blame for Arfa's death?
Pesticides have been linked to a whole host of neurological problems that range from hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders to learning disabilities and seizures. In fact, the preliminary results of an ongoing study, led by the University of North Dakota's Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), add to the growing body of evidence linking pesticides to neurological changes associated with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's and you guessed it -- epilepsy. (http://www.beyondpesticides.org/news/daily_news_archive/2006/08_11_06.htm)
Children are more directly impacted by pesticide exposure than any other population. Why is this? There are many reasons, but mostly their organs, glands, and overall bodily systems are not fully developed, which allows toxins to damage them more easily and cause more long-term side effects(http://www.seizurestraighttalk.com/Pesticides.html). Therefore, it follows that the still-developing brains of children are susceptible to the dangerous effects of pesticides. For example, in pesticide poisonings, 25% of children present seizures as a symptom; in adults only 2-3% have seizures as a symptom. (http://www.environmentalhealth.ca/spring03sanborn.html)
It's very possible that the teen prodigy's epileptic attack could have been triggered by pesticide exposure, whether through consumption of a contaminated food supply or through her immediate environment.
While there are no speculations about the cause of her sudden attack, here is some food for thought: epilepsy can be caused by by many different conditions that affect a person's brain but often no definite cause can be found. Seizures are often are not related at all to a brain disorder; although common practice is to test the brain when a person has a seizure, seizures are often only the symptom of a greater problem (which could virtually stem from anywhere else in the body, especially due to toxic overload).
Many pesticides are known carcinogens which affect the central nervous system and endocrine system disruptors that cause problems with the reproductive organs and immune system. Many have also been linked to the increase in childhood cancers and breast cancer in women. The list of environmental problems and health hazards to humans caused by pesticides is an ever-growing one. Read more about the dangers of pesticides here: http://www.naturalnews.com/pesticides.html
Let's not leave out another possible culprit: vaccines
In fact, the GAVI Alliance, formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, announced its plans last November to bring the deadly human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines Gardasil (Merck & Co.) and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) into the third world. (http://www.naturalnews.com/034269_global_health_HPV_vaccines.html)
A pro-vaccination group backed by the World Bank, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the vaccine industry, GAVI's stated goal is to vaccinate 240 million children by 2015.
Could Arfa have been one of the many young girls who were forced to have the dangerous HPV vaccine? The shocking negative reactions to such vaccines is widespread and has affected young girls all over the world. In the United Kingdom, more than 1,300 girls have experienced negative reactions to the government-mandated Cervarix vaccine for HPV, according to adverse events reports collected from doctors by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). (http://www.naturalnews.com/026293.html)
The MHRA reports show a total of 2,891 adverse events reported in 1,340 girls. A number of cases were more severe, including 20 cases of blurred vision, four cases of convulsions, one case of seizure and one epileptic fit.
The true cause of Arfa's sudden and tragic death may remain a mystery
Unfortunately, we may never know for certain what triggered the unexpected and tragic epileptic attack that eventually killed Arfa. Whether or not pesticides, vaccines or other dangerous synthetic chemicals played a role in her sudden demise or not, many children suffer similar fates due to these poisonous chemicals and their variable heath hazards. It is important that parents stay informed as to the hidden dangers lurking in the environment, food supply and a flawed healthcare systems.