Major health hurdles couldn’t stop them

NOT even a coma or cancer could prevent two gutsy Nelson Mandela Bay pupils from achieving a matric pass yesterday.

Pearson High School pupil Sharine le Roux, 19, returned to the Port Elizabeth school last year to complete her matric after u n d e rg o – ing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma disease in 2013. Meanwhile, Uitenhage’s Brandwag High School matriculant De Wet Bester’s family and friends view his matric pass as a miracle.

The 18-year-old wrote his final exams despite missing a full term of school after a motorbike accident caused injuries to his brain and spine, leaving him in an induced coma for five days. According to his mother, Maretha, they were told by neurologists that even if by some miracle he woke up, caring for himself might not be possible.

They were also told that two years of rehabilitation would be needed for him to be able to perform the most menial tasks. But Bester proved the experts wrong by recovering in a fraction of the time – 10 days in hospital and six weeks at home.

 – Eleanor Douglas-Meyers and Cindy Preller

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