Ugandan Student Battling Cancer Scores Straight A’s
Ugandan student, Mohammad Iddi, is not just a student but also a survivor. He is an 18-year-old brilliant man who has been battling cancer of low-grade tissue sarcoma.
According to reports by Daily Monitor, a leading newspaper outlet in Uganda reported that the student sat for his Ugandan Advanced Certificate of Education final examinations while undergoing chemotherapy, a treatment that kills cancer cells.
He did his exams at Uganda Cancer Institute. Despite sitting for his exams in a hospital setup, he scored the maximum points that could be scored in that exam. Given the circumstances, Iddi was allowed an extra 45 minutes to complete each paper.
“I wrote some of my papers only a few days after undergoing chemotherapy and the side effects of the treatment were still heavy, for instance feeling extremely weak and nauseous. Imagine feeling all these things, yet, I had to sit for my papers. It was tough,” he disclosed.
He said he was determined to excel. Eventually, he scored 20 points with straight As in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Through the sacrifice that his parents have shown him especially in catering for his medical expenses, he said that he does not want to let his parents down.
“I don’t come from a financially well-off family, so I kept telling myself that if I do not excel in these exams, I would then be doing a disservice to my family,” he added.