Seevic student picks up A-Levels after battling life-threatening condition

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

One Seevic student gained four A-Levels despite battling a life-threatening condition as a child.

Chris Pagan, 17, of Benfleet, picked up four A-Levels at Seevic College in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.

Chris was just 10 years old when he collapsed at a 40th birthday party he was attending with his family.

He said: “Everything just started shutting down, they called an ambulance. A few hours later you would be dead.”

IMG 7777Chris was taken to Southend Hospital where he was stabilised and then moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital’s intensive care unit. It was discovered he had an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – a tangle of blood vessels on his cerebellum.

This diagnosis meant Chris missed a year of school so he could be treated but he battled through and carried on his education at The Deanes School in Thundersley.

Despite his setback, Chris gained 11 GCSEs at A* to C and then came to Seevic College to take his A-Levels.

He picked up his results and walked away with an A in financial services and D grades in business, media and religious studies.

For Chris, who turns 18 this week, said: “Seevic was good, I built up a circle of friends here. The support staff were really helpful, as I was coming to the end of my time at Deanes I was becoming more independent.”

Chris is now enrolling at Anglia Ruskin University to study business management and wants to pursue a career in business.

He has also recently completed the London Triathlon to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. He completed a 750metre swim the in the Thames, cycled 20km and ran 5km to support the children’s hospital as well as Macmillan Cancer Support. 

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