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Limbless teen Rahma Haruna who lived in plastic bucket dies aged 19

Nigerian teenager Rahma Haruna has died. Image: YouTube still/Barcroft TV
Nigerian teenager Rahma Haruna has died. Image: YouTube still/Barcroft TV

Rahma Haruna, a severely disabled Nigerian girl who was struck by a mystery illness meaning her limbs did not grow, has died at the age of 19.

Rahma, who lived in Kano in Nigeria, passed away on Christmas Day.

She became famous around the world after a photograph of her being carried by her 10-year-old brother went viral online.

The image was taken by photojournalist Sani Maikatanga who shared the news of her passing saying: "Rahma Haruna a 19 years old girl has passed away on Sunday 25th of December 2016. May Almighty grant her Jannatul Firdaus (Paradise) ... amen."

Her mother Fadi said at the time: "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."

It is believed Rahma was in constant pain because of the condition and needed to be in the plastic bucket to keep herself upright.

After photographs went viral she was given a wheelchair so that she could be pushed around in the bucket.

Her 10-year-old brother Fahad said: "I help her in many ways. Bathing her is another thing I do. And taking her out everyday.

"I feel happy whenever I see people helping her. I like taking to our relatives. She feels happy when we visit them."

Rahma had wanted to start her own business. Earlier in the year 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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