Inspirational Halima deserves her success
Reporter: KAREN DOHERTY
Date online: 22 August 2013
GCSE RESULTS: INSPIRATIONAL Halima Chowdhury has chalked up top GCSE results - despite missing long periods of school through illness.
The 16 year old muscular dystrophy sufferer has been ill since December and has spent a lot of time in hospital. Even so she asked for work to be sent from he school - Hathershaw College - and worked with a hospital teacher.
Her determination paid off today when she received 12 A* to C grade GCSEs
Halima, of Lune Street, Coppice, said: “I feel proud of myself. I revised at school, hospital and home. It was hard but I have an auntie who is a biology teacher and she helped with science. I also had work sent home from school.”
Halima, who excels at maths and art, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at 16 months. She uses a wheelchair, has a ventilator to help her breathe at night and has a feeding tube in her stomach.
She now plans to study maths, art and social care at Oldham Sixth Form College and wants to go on to study architecture at university — following in the footsteps of her sister Nilima
Her proud dad, Muhammed Chowdhury, added: “What she is doing is very hard with her condition. She is very brave.
“Even when she had tubes in her nose she still went to school. It doesn’t bother her that the other children are looking at her. Her teachers have been so good, they have always looked after her.”
Janet Webb, year 11 manager at Hathershaw College, said: “Halima is a really inspirational girl; she doesn’t ever complain.”
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