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Brain surgery student defies odds
A STUDENT who needed brain surgery following a car accident during his studies has been praised for his academic excellence.
Aqib Javed, 20, from Colne Road in Burnley, spent three months in hospital and underwent seven operations after a daytime collision in the town.
Despite missing months of school due to the horrific incident, which also left the former Sir John Thursby pupil in need of reconstructive surgery to his skull, he found a ‘new determination’ to succeed and surpassed expectations, receiving a triple distinction in his extended Diploma in Business.
And now his efforts have been celebrated by Blackburn College, where he moved to recommence his studies, with a special effort and achievement award.
Aqib, who was involved in the crash in October 2010 said: “The car accident was really scary and it was really hard being bed bound for so long.
“I lost about a stone and a half and found not being able to exercise really frustrating.
“But whilst I was recovering, I found a new determination to do well academically so as soon as a came out of hospital, I decided to transfer school and found that the support from the lecturers was amazing.
“Even though I’d missed so much schooling they gave me extra lessons and helped me catch up so that I could take all my exams when I was meant to before the accident.
“I am very proud to get the award because it shows what I’m capable of doing and hope that I carry on as well over the next few years.”
He now plans to study law at John Moores University in Liverpool.
Head of business, computing and motor vehicle at Blackburn College Chris Wright said: "Aqib worked relentlessly to catch up with his work, with support from his tutors.
“He never lost his cool and dogmatic approach to his studies and always smiled through adversity."
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