Illness and operations failed to stop brave Aeron picking up top marks
A FORMER top athlete whose sporting dreams were cut short by injury has been celebrating getting her AS-level results – after sitting all her exams in hospital.
And no sooner had Aeron Brown finished her final exam than she was being whisked into surgery for an operation on her lungs.
Remarkably, she has now gained A grades in classical civilisation, English language, PE and psychology.
The Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College student will be continuing these subjects through to full A-levels next year.
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Aeron, from Wolstanton, right, said: "I'm especially pleased with getting As because of what I've been through. I spent seven months in and out of hospital and had three operations.
"I didn't actually take my exams in a hospital bed. They put me in a separate little room with a laptop and an invigilator."
Aeron, who used to be a GB water polo player and a county swimmer, started experiencing medical problems three years ago. She was diagnosed with a vascular condition and has been plagued by pain in both her shoulders.
She underwent her first operation at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in January this year. Then she had a second one on her shoulders in March.
But weeks later, it triggered problems with her lungs and they collapsed three times.
Aeron said: "I didn't want to put my exams in jeopardy, so I made the decision to wait until after my last exam on May 31 to have the lung operation. I had complications the night before because a chest drain was coming out. It was quite painful."
Over the last year, Aeron has missed a lot of college. But she used textbooks at home and some of her teachers sent her other resources.
Now she is back home and says her shoulders are '100 per cent better'.
She added: "I'm hoping to get back into swimming and other sport. I can't wait to be up and about."