A teenager, who has a metal leg after a cancerous tumour was discovered, has refused to let this dampen his zest for life.
Ahmed Khalif, 18, is focused on studying hard at Greenford High School and considers himself lucky, saying: "some people had the same thing and had to have their leg cut off."
He was nominated by head Mathew Cramer, who said: "This young man had time out of school due to the cancerous tumour in his leg and has had untold infections and operations.
"He is now studying BTEC Level 2 Business, he has made student of the fortnight for Ms Mufti and Mr Church is really impressed with his work, notetaking and the folder that he is working on. On top of this he is such a lovely lad who really wants to do well and has settled back into school life with a passion, not wanting to be treated any differently to anyone else."
His words were echoed by Sally Ramsdale, his post 16 vocational learning manager, who added: "I have never met anyone like Ahmed. His work is handed in before deadline. Despite the pain and anxiety, his level of work could be used as an example to other students. His dedication is second to none. You never see him without a smile. There should be more Ahmeds in this world."
Ahmed, from Hayes, said he was taken by complete surprise when he discovered what the bruise on his knee meant. He said: "The GP gave me some cream but it was still hurting. I went back four times during the year and finally mum asked for an X-ray and then a biopsy. Mum was very upset when we found out it was cancer but I kept my faith.
"I had chemo which had terrible side effects and was very ill but I still did my GCSEs and tried my best. I had some operations and finally they put in a metal from my knee to my foot. It is still weak and I do physio every day and exercise. I can't run as fast as I used to. I just want to be able to walk without my stick."