Despite suffering from serious diseases during his Class 10 board exams, Shailesh Ranka (16) didn’t give up.
A student of HVB Academy at Marine Lines, Ranka first came down with typhoid and then malaria during his ICSE exams.
Despite the doctor advising bed rest, Ranka was determined to appear for the exams. “I had to do it, I wanted to do it,” said Ranka, who would go to the hospital every two days to take glucose injections.
On Wednesday, when the ICSE results were announced, he had scored 68 per cent, which was six per cent more than he expected, given the odds stacked against him.
Ranka wasn’t the only one battling unexpected ailments during the exams. Ipsita Bhattacharya (17), a Class 12 student at RN Podar School, turned ambidextrous after a series of unfortunate events besieged her, including an accident in which she lost the use of her right hand.
When the CBSE results came out on Wednesday morning, Bhattacharya found she had scored 90.6 per cent. “I’ve forgotten all my suffering, it feels great,” she said. “Who knows, maybe if I had been completely healthy I wouldn’t have tried as hard and done as well.”
A damaged right hand, intestinal ulcers, a fractured leg and sprained back — Ipsita has had to deal with all these in the two years leading up to the exams.
“After the accident, I cannot use my right hand for long. So when it starts hurting, I switch to the left while writing the exams,” said Bhattacharya.
The Andheri resident refused to engage a writer for the exams and was given an extra hour for each paper.