PSLE results: Determined to take the test

PSLE results: Determined to take the test

Skye had to miss four months of school this year as a result of a liver transplant.

By the time the 12-year-old returned to school, he had two months left to prepare for his Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

He said: "I was scared. I did not want to be left behind." But the time he spent recuperating did not go to waste.

He was busy doing test papers and reading up on the topics that he was missing out at school.

His father, Mr Poh Leong Teng, 36, a supervisor, said: "He would revise his work every day, even when he was recuperating." Skye also spent time on his weakest subject, Mathematics.

"I memorised all the concepts and wrote them in a book. "I also called my friends if I needed any clarification."

Skye said that whenever he felt anxious, he would take a break and watch cartoons.

He giggled before saying: "My favourite cartoon is SpongeBob SquarePants." When The New Paper visited him at Bedok Green Primary School on Friday, he was all smiles.

"I've reached my target score of 180. "I am very happy with my results." He scored an A for Chinese, B for English, C for Science and D for Mathematics. His mother, Mrs Joanne Poh, 36, a housewife, said: "I am so proud of him for trying his best."

When Skye was six, his mother explained his condition to him.

He said: "She told me that I will be short."

His short stature is caused by Glycogen Storage Disease, a medical condition he was diagnosed with at birth.

Last year in August, two growths were discovered in Skye's liver. Said Mrs Poh: "The doctor said that they could be cancerous and cause his liver to fail.

"He advised us to find a donor immediately." In the end, Mrs Poh became the donor after finding out she was compatible. She said: "I want him to have a healthier life.

"No parent would want their child to have a medical condition."

As a result of the operation, Skye spent a month at the National University Hospital and three months recuperating at home. Mrs Poh was discharged after a week.

Skye said: "I was scared as I could not continue my studies." He even told his parents while in the hospital that he wanted to go back to school.

Said Mrs Poh: "He said he believed he could do it."

His form teacher, Mr Ng Chee Keong, 37, and his English teacher, Madam Nora Shani, 40, described him as "confident" and "positive".

Now, Skye has fully recovered from Glycogen Storage Disease. Mrs Poh says that they have yet to decide on a school.

"We are still discussing if he should select the Express or Normal Stream," she said.

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