Everyone is proud of Jumael and his A Level success

Jumael Zafar has gained two A's and a A*.
Jumael Zafar has gained two A's and a A*.

A St Mary’s Sixth Form pupil was receiving praise after overcoming his health issues to achieve top results.

18-year-old Jumael, who suffers from mitochondrial disease, achieved two A’s in chemistry and biology and a A* in maths.

Jumael Zafar with mum Tamima Farabi and dad Imam Zafar.

Jumael Zafar with mum Tamima Farabi and dad Imam Zafar.

Jumael, from South Shore, will now be going study biomedical science at Lancaster University.

Mitochondrial disease affects the cells of the body which are unable to produce enough energy.

This means Jumael is unable to do things such as holding a pen and cutler and he finds it difficult to walk far distances.

His parents, mum Tamima Farabi and dad Imam Zafar, have had to help him write his homework for as he dictates it.

A delighted Jumael praised the support he received from the Academy

He said: “I feel proud of the grades I received today.

“My time at St. Mary’s has been absolutely wonderful because of all the support I received from the amazing teachers.

“Without them I would not have been able to achieve this.

“I cannot wait to now get started on my biomedical science degree at Lancaster University”

He says he plans to have a family meal to celebrate his success.

Jumael’s form tutor Mrs Pickworth was lost for words at how well he has achieved and nearly cried finding out his result.

She said: “It has been an absolute privilege supporting Jumael over the past two years.

“He has been an absolute inspiration, demonstrating sheer resilience and determination at all times.

“I could not be prouder of his achievements and know he will be a tremendous asset to Lancaster University.

Imam will join his son at Lancaster University in order to help him with his studies.