Seven Kings student named as Young Citizen Award monthly winner
PUBLISHED: 19:00 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:00 14 September 2017
A teenager who achieved outstanding A-level results despite undergoing two major operations – including a kidney transplant is our Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award monthly winner for August.
Shimal Devapura, 18, who attended Palmers Catholic Academy in Seven Kings, was delighted to learn that he had achieved an A* and two As in biology, maths and physics.
He suffered from chronic kidney failure since he was nine months old and received a transplant from his mother Champika in December 2016.
In early May, he was struck down with appendicitis and faced another operation.
However, the undeterred 18-year-old returned to school once more in mid June to sit his exams.
And next week, he will begin studying medicine at Queen Mary University of London.
He told the Recorder of his surprise and happiness at the nomination.
He said: “I honestly didn’t expect it.
“I had a look at the other nominees and they have done some amazing things.”