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UAE's IB student shines despite six months of absence due to health issues

Staff Reporter/Abu Dhabi
Filed on July 7, 2020 | Last updated on July 7, 2020 at 01.35 am


'Enduring bracing and spinal fusion surgery helped me develop a depth of character'

A student, forced to take six months out of her International Baccalaureate (IB) classes due to illness, has secured 35 points in her exams, significantly above the global average.

Lujayne Rashid, an 18-year-old Canadian student at Al Bateen Academy, was diagnosed with scoliosis - a gradually increasing curvature of the spine - and had to travel back to Canada for urgent surgery. "Enduring bracing and spinal fusion surgery helped me develop a depth of character that has convinced me that I can do anything that I set my mind to," Lujayne said.

Despite spells of prolonged hospitalisation, she was determined to excel and her commitment paid off. "In spite of the pain, she attempted all subject papers. I was surprised by her motivation despite being in debilitating pain and feeling extremely uncomfortable," said Saher Gaber, Lujayne's mother.

"I am extremely proud that she has done so well. Lujayne is an inspiration to others and an outstanding example of what a human being can achieve if he or she has the determination to succeed and the support of devoted parents, an amazing school, as well as dedicated and helpful teachers.

"The school was understanding of her condition and needs. They encouraged her to think positively and visualise herself as healthy and vibrant after surgery," she added.

Following the exam results triumph, Lujayne is looking forward to starting her major in tourism and hospitality at European International College in Abu Dhabi in September. "I feel extremely happy. I can't wait for my next chapter and to start my college studies. I must thank all my teachers, who have been so supportive. I also want to thank my parents who stood by me and helped me shine despite all the challenges," she said.

Al Bateen Academy celebrated a 96 per cent pass rate - its highest since 2017, with the 32 points average score attained by its IB students - ranking well above the global average.

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