A* for Kettering teenager after multiple major heart operations

Greg McCallum, 18
Greg McCallum, 18

A Bishop Stopford pupil has defied the odds by achieving an A* in maths despite missing several months of school after multiple heart surgery.

Greg McCallum, 18, had his aortic valve replaced in December 2014 and had to have a pacemaker fitted just a month later when his heart kept stopping, before yet another operation in May after he suffered a nasty chest infection.

But despite missing nearly three months of school, he still achieved top marks and is now off to the University of Birmingham to study Biomedical Science.

Greg, who also achieved an A and a C in biology and chemistry respectively, said: “I’m really happy to have got such high marks.

“It was really hard because when I was in hospital I couldn’t really do much, and my last operation was just before my exams.

“When I left I did nothing but revise and crammed in as much learning as I could, and thankfully it all paid off.”