Pupil who nearly died gets GCSEs

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A pupil who nearly died after falling into a diabetic coma and spent ten months in hospital is now celebrating her GCSE results.

Maxine Clay, 16, was found on her bedroom floor by her brother after she had collapsed and was immediately rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

She was in a coma for three weeks as her internal organs began shutting down.

Doctors at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) fought to save her life and Maxine spent the next ten months in hospital as she began the slow road to recovery.

The Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy pupil had no idea she was diabetic before she collapsed and the incident has left her with long-term difficulties as she suffered a brain injury, has hearing loss and some physical issues.

The brain injury means that she finds it hard to take on new information and her hearing loss can mean that it is difficult for her to tell what the teacher is saying in a busy classroom. She also has to manage her diabetes with regular insulin injections.

Maxine didn’t go to school for all of year ten and when she returned at the start of year 11 she was determined to take her GCSEs.

And now she is over the moon after getting 4Cs in maths, art, English language and science, D in English literature and E in PE.

Maxine said: “I was out of it for most of the time I was in hospital.

“I didn’t know I had diabetes and it was my brother who found me. I don’t remember a lot of my time in hospital.”

Maxine was nervous about returning to school but she received a lot of support from the special educational needs team and her foster family to help her achieve her goal.

She added: “I can’t really believe that I got my GCSEs, I’m a bit shocked. I didn’t expect to do this well.”

Maxine’s results mean she will now study a BTEC art diploma at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy’s sixth form.

Her experience at hospital has inspired Maxine to pursue a career in art therapy and that is what she hopes she will be able to study at university in a couple of years.

Maxine’s foster carer, Sharon Seviour, said: “I am so proud of her. She has no idea how special she is. She has worked so hard and she really is amazing with what she has achieved.”

Tracey Quinney, special needs co-ordinator at the academy, said: “I began visiting Maxine when she was at the QMC. As she had missed most of Year 10 we started by helping her at home by sending a tutor to her house. We then worked with her to help her make the transition to be able to come back to school.

“Obviously after spending so much time in hospital, Maxine had lost a lot of confidence and needed help not only with academic work but with returning to normal school life.

“Maxine has put so much effort into her school work and it is really impressive that she has achieved the GCSEs she has in a year less than other people do them.”

A total of 44 per cent of pupils at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy achieved five A*-C grades including English and maths.