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Aspiring doctor from Southall, who spent months studying from a hospital bed, earns place to study at Russell Group University

Rayna Bhogal, 18, achieved an A* in biology and two As, in maths and chemistry

A budding doctor from Southall who spent months studying from her own hospital bed has won a place at one of Britain's most prestigious universities - despite the fact she could not even walk, just months ago.

Dogged determination saw Rayna Bhogal fight for a place at university despite being unable to get to school.

The 18-year-old was struck down with a cyst in the bottom of her back and in April was hospitalised for three months.

With the countdown to exam day fast approaching Rayna was facing a massive operation and months of treatment.

The cyst left her unable to walk, sit up or attend classes.

Rayna, a student at Villiers School Sixth Form, was devastated, but determined she would sit her exams.

Rayna Bhogal, 18, achieved an A* in biology and two As in maths and chemistry

On Thursday (August 17) morning, her family was overjoyed to see she achieved an A* in biology and two As in maths and chemistry.

She said: "I didn't sleep all night and I got the acceptance from Leeds at 7.30am this morning.

"I was so frustrated when I was ill but I know there are no excuses at all, I couldn't afford to miss anything, I had to keep going because I couldn't miss my opportunity."

Rayna endured a huge operation just months before her tests and was unable to sit up or walk.

The teenager forced herself into school and had to sit on special cushions, while in pain, to complete the tests.

Father Jaspal Bhogal said his daughter, who will now attend a Russell Group university to study medicine, has inspired him.

He said: "We thought she would not be able to sit her exams and she was heartbroken.

"She was in so much pain and it was horrible.

"But she is incredible. There is this myth about private schooling and it doesn't mean anything. If you really want something, you can get it no matter what.

"From the age of five she had one goal, to be a doctor.

"She is so determined and I am so proud of her."

Miss Bhogal said her "amazing" teachers helped her study but her family and their unending support got her through.

She will begin her course in medicine in September.

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