Boy with brain injury passes A-levels to secure place at University

Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a golf ball four years ago, Alex Barton from Hertfordshire achieved a distinction in Applied Science and A Levels in Geography and Geology, securing him a place at the University of Leicester. Now 19, Alex is over the moon with his results and university place which, at one point, looked as though would never be possible. Alex has deferred his place for a year and will start at the University of Leicester in 2018 where he will study Applied and Environmental Geology and hopes to be a geologist in the future. Until then, he intends to enjoy a year away from studying and is currently in the US where he viewed the recent solar eclipse and to mine for diamonds. Alex’s Dad, Miles, said:I am so proud of Alex, he's truly amazing. There were lots of tears when he collected his results. We are sure The Children's Trust helped him on his way. We cannot thank them enough.”

Dalton Leong, Chief Executive at The Children’s Trust, said: “Alex is a very brave and optimistic young man and he has worked very hard. He thoroughly deserves this result and we are sure he will have a bright and successful future. We are very grateful for the invaluable contribution he makes to The Children’s Trust, helping to raise money for the charity and supporting and inspiring other young people with brain injury.”   Alex was 15 when he noticed a weakness in his right hand was preventing him from playing his guitar properly. An MRI scan and biopsy revealed an inoperable brain tumour the size of a golf ball sitting on his brainstem. Alex received proton beam therapy in the USA to try to stop the tumour in its tracks. He returned home a few months later, but soon after became unwell and needed emergency surgery to drain a large build-up of fluid that damaged his brain. Alex stayed at The Children’s Trust for three months of intensive neuro-rehabilitation, accessing therapies to help improve his cognition, communication and confidence including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and play therapy. As a result of his brain injury, Alex faces some ongoing challenges. He still suffers with memory problems and fatigue. Alex is heavily involved with The Children’s Trust, helping to raise awareness of brain injury and inspire other young people not to give up on their dream.

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