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    Like most pupils, in the weeks and months before her A-levels Sara Thompson revised hard.

    But the hours of work at home and the time spent sitting in the exam hall almost killed her.

    The 18-year-old developed Deep Vein Thrombosis - a blood clot in a vein - and could barely walk.

    By the time she took her English literature exam her right leg was swollen and was three inches bigger than her left.

    Doctors told her that had she battled on a day longer she could have lost her leg or even died.

    Sara said: 'I just thought I had pulled a muscle. But over the period of a week it got worse.

    'After sitting my English exam I was in so much pain. I phoned the doctor who told me to go straight to hospital. It was there that they told me I had DVT.'

    In the weeks before, Sara had spent most of her time revising at home in Rotherham for Adoctorlevels in English literature, religious studies, leisure studies and general studies.

    But in the week before her English exam on June 10 she noticed a pain in her leg. Over the next few days it got progressively worse.

    On the day of her exam she was in so much pain that she had to take a taxi the mile from home to Wickersley School and Sports College.

    For the next three hours she fought the pain. 'It was awful,' she said. 'I managed to limp home but the pain was excruciating.

    'My mum had a look at my leg. It was swollen so much that it was now three inches bigger than my left leg. We rang the and he told me to go straight to accident and emergency.' Doctors at Rotherham General confirmed it was DVT.

    'They told me I was really lucky,' she said. 'If I had left it much longer I would have lost my leg or I could have died. It never crossed my mind that it was DVT.'

    Sara spent five days in hospital. She was given drugs to thin her blood and banned from walking to reduce the pressure on her leg.

    She was unable to take her three remaining religious studies exams. It is still unclear whether she will have to sit the exams or be given a grade based on her results during the past two years.

    Sara still has the blood clot, so she is continuing to take tablets and has blood tests every week.

    Doctors believe her DVT could have been caused by long periods of sitting down, combined with taking the contraceptive pill.

    DVT expert John Scurr, consultant surgeon at the Lister Hospital in London, said: 'My advice to other pupils is to make sure that they get up and walk around every hour or two.'
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    At least she will get an extra 2% for extenuating circumstances.
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    You would be raging...
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    She'll get special consideration won't she.
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    (Original post by explosions hurt)
    At least she will get an extra 2% for extenuating circumstances.

    is that only it, 2% ?
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    lmao
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    She must be on TSR.
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    Doctors believe her DVT could have been caused by long periods of sitting down, combined with taking the contraceptive pill.
    Says it all, really. I want to know, however, whether she has a family history of blood-clotting or not.
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    Top Tip: Don't revise unless u want to die!
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    "Adoctorlevels".

    Well, they really fail there.
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    That has to be the ultimate excuse for getting out of revising! haha

    I think that's why people often develop them on long haul flights and stuff, so not surprised she got one from rsitting revising
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    If you need to revise that hard to hit your heights, you really shouldn't be doing A levels.
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    Oh my God, I can't believe people actually spend that much time revising! I am so lazy...
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    What the hell was she revising for when 2 of her A levels were "general studies" and "leisure studies". You can do them in your sleep, and religious studies is hardly the most taxing.
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    Nasty! They say you should only revise for 20 mins, then take a 10 min break
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    moral of the story dont be a lazy *****.
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    I thought coping with tonsilitis during exams was bad... oh gosh!
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    (Original post by .ACS.)
    Says it all, really. I want to know, however, whether she has a family history of blood-clotting or not.
    I'd like to know the way she was sitting, which obviously has a huge impact. She must have been kneeling on her floor/bed or whatever, I bet she wouldn't have had this problem from sitting at a table.
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    i wonder what University she had as her firm :rolleyes:
 
 
 
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