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Maltings Academy pupil overcomes tumour to achieve university place

James Harrison

James Harrison

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A 7ft tall student who underwent surgery to remove a tumour while studying for his A-levels is on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a research chemist.

Witham Sixth Form pupil James Harrison, 18, spent seven weeks laid up at home after it was discovered he had a benign tumour, which was the size of a golf ball, growing out of control in his hip.

Despite the absence from school, the Maltings Academy student was able to complete work at home and will attend the University of Lincoln in September to study chemistry.

James, who scored a B in chemistry, a C in biology and a D in Maths, thanked his teachers for keeping him on track.

He said: ““With me being so tall and this thing growing out of control, it just has to be to do with my height.

“But I didn’t panic with having the time off. I couldn’t move, so I just had to handle the card I was dealt.

“The support of my teachers has been the most important thing to get me here, it has been vital.”

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