Ulverston student earns university place just months after major brain operation
Last updated at 16:23, Sunday, 24 August 2014
GCSE success will allow an Ulverston student to realise her dream of going to university, just months after a life-changing operation to remove part of her brain.
Iona Davies, 21, of Tarn Side, Ulverston, had her education interrupted by a severe form of epilepsy which caused her to have up to 20 seizures a day.
But after undergoing a procedure at Walton Centre in Liverpool, where surgeons removed a thumb- sized section of her brain, she was able to regain control of her life and sit GCSEs in maths and English.
On Thursday, she received the C grades she needed to study ecology and conservation at Lancaster University in September.
When her epilepsy was at its worst, Miss Davies could not perform simple tasks like making a cup of coffee or walking her dog.
But now, just 11 months since the radical operation, she is preparing for a taste of independent living as a carefree university student.
A delighted Miss Davies said: “I’ll be living the proper student lifestyle – until next year when I’ll probably be so skint I’ll be living back with my mum.
“I’m looking forward to living by myself and getting a chance to grow up, and obviously studying.”
Miss Davies, who turns 22 next month, will have an extra reason to celebrate after being nominated for a Heart of Ulverston award in the Courage category, sponsored by Ralph Spours.
She has been nominated for the bravery she has shown in the face of a condition that has affected her since she was a teenager.
Reflecting on her nomination, she said: “I’m quite shocked but excited. I’m a lot better now and I can do things without thinking about them. I can just go an do whatever I want.
“You do have to be really positive going through what I’ve been through; you have to stay positive and be brave.
“Everyone has helped me, my family and all my friends have helped me stay positive and keep smiling.”
This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.
Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group or Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.
First published at 16:22, Sunday, 24 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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