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A BRAVE A-level student who died just weeks after sitting his exams in hospital has gained top grades.

Cancer-stricken Mark Dyson, 19, battled through the last days of his life to complete his test papers then passed away after a brain haemorrhage.

Yesterday his proud family learned he passed Geography and Physics at grade A and Maths at grade B.

His deputy headteacher John Stoney said: "The results are remarkable when you consider that he was unable to do any serious revision for the last few months of his life.

"He was in and out of hospital while he was sitting some of the exams. The head of the sixth form had to sit with him and it was heart-rending because Mark had to keep going for blood infusions.

"We are very proud but not surprised that he has done so well despite what he went through." Gifted Mark, of Leven, East Yorks, had gained top marks in his GCSEs two years earlier despite being treated for Hodgkin's disease - cancer of the lymph glands.

He had been in remission for two years but then suffered a blood disorder and died in July.

Now his dad Nick will present a Maths prize in his honour at the sixth form centre at Hornsea School.

Pals also plan to plant a tree in his memory. Headteacher Michael Day said: "He was immensely popular among the other students and he never complained."
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Author:Hardaker, Paul
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 22, 1998
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