Liver-transplant patient gets the GCSE grade she needed

Exams time can stressful enough, but for one student who needs a life-saving operation, GCSE success has been that little bit sweeter.

Friday, 26th August 2016, 2:29 pm
Updated Friday, 26th August 2016, 3:59 pm
Rebecca Ward, who got her GCSE maths.

Rebecca Ward, who is just 22, is on the waiting list for a liver transplant but was able to achieve a grade C in maths so she can pursue her dream to become a nurse.

The mature student, who attended West Notts College, was born with liver disease but her health has deteriorated in the last two years.

Having to take a large amount medication every day, she has been moved onto the organ donor list as a priority after her own liver began to fail two years ago.

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Despite the disease making her constantly tired and affecting her concentration, she was thrilled to have made the grade.

“I’m so pleased with the C, it’s been a tough year but I did it,” said Rebecca, who lives in Kirkby.

“Just two weeks before my exam I got a call from the hospital for a liver transplant but sadly it didn’t progress.

“I’ve been quite ill over the last two years. I was well enough to sit the exam, but all year I’ve felt very tired and studying while feeling poorly is hard. I hated maths at school.”

She previously worked as a healthcare assistant in Hertfordshire and moved to the area to be with her family.

She now hopes to go on to complete an access-to-nursing course before going to university, but will put her career plans on hold until she can have the transplant.

Rebecca said: “Now I have that grade I feel relieved. I just hope that I get that phone call soon from the hospital so I can get better and move on with my future.”

West Notts College had a GCSE pass rate of 96.8 per cent this year.

Deputy principal Chris Thomas said: “GCSEs are the springboard to so many academic or vocational options – that’s why they are one of the most important qualifications you can have.

“Regardless of their individual circumstances, our students can feel justifiably proud of their achievements.”