Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

They Said He Could Die but He Fought and Won; Inspirational Studentleads the Way Andclaims Scholarship

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

They Said He Could Die but He Fought and Won; Inspirational Studentleads the Way Andclaims Scholarship

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Byline: Debbie Tucker-Burgess

BLAKE Woodward's fight to recover from a debilitating illness and his determination to complete high school is an inspiration to all who know him.

Two years ago, the now 17-year-old nearly died from bleeding on his brain caused by a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

Despite missing six months of school, Blake graduated as a 2010 North Bundaberg High School senior as his proud parents, Jenni and Gareth, watched in delight.

It was a double celebration for Blake who also discovered yesterday he had been chosen to receive a $5000 learning scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities to assist in further study costs.

Mrs Woodward said her son's battle to survive and complete high school began in late 2007 when he woke her in the middle of the night with a thumping headache.

He collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where doctors discovered he had a life-threatening brain haemorrhage. Blake was flown to Brisbane where he suffered another haemorrhage. …

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