A-level Results Day 2018: Sixth-former on heart transplant list scoops good grades despite health battle
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A determined sixth-former has overcome the odds and scooped a good set of A-levels – despite battling a debilitating heart condition.
Dominic Davies, from Brantham, studied at Northgate Sixth Form in Ipswich for four years.
While there he has been battling a heart problem which put him on the transplant list in December 2017.
The 20-year-old was only told yesterday that he has been accepted to have one – and in a whirlwind 24 hours, he is celebrating an excellent set of A-level results.
“I’ve been studying at Northgate Sixth Form for four years and I’ve been quite unwell as I’ve been here,” he said.
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“I started in 2014 having come from Holbrook Secondary School, studying English Language, English Literature, history and psychology.
“After I fell ill towards the end of 2014 I missed a lot of the school year, so I came back into Year 12 in 2015 to do it again, this time without Psychology as it was just too much work.
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“I made it to Year 13 in 2016, but once again I was getting ill so I only managed to finish the English Language exams and get a C.
“Then this year I came back and finished off the English Literature and history A-level – and now I’ve got an A in history and a B in English Literature.
Mr Davies added: “It’s more than enough for me to do what I want in the future, and even if it’s not, I’ve got a sop story to pull their heartstrings with.
“I am incredibly please with these – I didn’t expect to do as well as I did, I would have been happy with grade C in everything.
“I’d like to thank my history teacher Mr Banham who helped me out with my coursework as much as he could.
“All the time I was off he was in constant email contact with me, focusing on my coursework and I was really pleased with how it came together in April – but I never imagined it would go this well.
“I’ll definitely be celebrating tonight, getting a takeaway a perhaps having a bit of a drink.”
When a suitable donor becomes available, the 20-year-old student will be able to have an operation quickly if necessary.
He added: “The school have made all sorts of concessions for me because of my health – I had a TA in every class taking notes for me, helping me remember things, and if I was not in the class they would send me the notes by email – it’s been a great time here.
“In December 2017 I was listed for a heart transplant. Yesterday I was in hospital going through a few routine tests, and in that time they consented me for a transplant.
“So now when a suitable donor becomes available, there won’t be a lot of paperwork to have to do, I’ll be able to get in there really quickly if necessary.”
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