FOR 18-YEAR-OLD Melbin Martin, who appeared for the Class XII exams this year had been a tough decision owing to his fading visual memory. A student of St Joseph’s High School, Panvel, Melbin had been diagnosed with brain tumour in December 2014 after he complained of headaches and seizures.
Ever since, he has spent his time juggling between MRI scans and visit to doctors, with almost no time left for studies.
However, the announcement of the results on Saturday came as a reason to cheer as Melbin scored 62.4 per cent in Science.
“We can’t believe that Melbin has secured first class marks. It’s beyond our expectations,” said Beena, Melbin’s mother.
Owing to his treatment at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, Melbin had not been able to attend classes regularly in the last year. “He had barely attended three-four months of classes. We wanted him to drop a year and focus on his treatment,” said Beena.
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“I did not want to waste a year but I wasn’t prepared enough,” said Melbin. This is when Principal of St Joseph’s High School, Panvel, Kalpana Dwivedi counselled Melbin and boosted her confidence to appear in the exam.
“She asked me to attempt the exam without any pressure,” said Melbin. As the doctors had said the tumour was affecting Melbin’s visual memory, his parents and friends read out the chapters to him so he could remember what he heard.
Writing the exam had been as difficult as preparing for it. Half an hour into the Physics paper, Melbin had experienced palpitation and a low blood pressure. “I wrote as much as I could and left. It had been a disturbing experience,” he said.
“We are proud of Melbin,” said Dwivedi. According to the doctors, Melbin’s condition has shown no progress, said Beena.
He may have to undergo a surgery in June.
On the other hand, in Andheri, Nilabh Sarkar from Rajhans Vidyalaya did not let cerebral palsy affect his performance in the Class XII exams. The 18-year-old has secured 87 per cent in the Science.
“My overall scores are decent but I was expecting better marks in Maths,” said Nilabh, who secured 84 in Maths.
“We never had to worry about Nilabh’s studies. He has always been a sincere child,” said his mother Bhagyashree.
Owing to his condition, Nilabh uses a crutch to walk. He cannot sit for long hours.
According to Nilabh, he found great support and encouragement in his counsellor. “I met Nilabh about eight years ago. He had a lot of anger in him as he could not play with his classmates,” said Aruna Banthia, Nilabh’s counsellor. She helped him channelise his emotions constructively.