Ciara did not let blood clot stop her and she achieved 615 points
Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30
Ciara Murphy found herself in hospital with a blood clot in her shoulder just over a week before her Leaving Cert.
However, the 18-year-old from Tullaroan, Co Kilkenny, was determined that her illness would not prevent her from getting the results she wanted.
The Presentation Secondary School student achieved 615 points - despite having undergone surgery just days before the exams.
Ciara's arm swelled up on May 27 following camogie practice.
On a visit to the Beacon Hospital in Dublin, a clot in her shoulder was discovered.
She explained: "I got home two days later. It took about a full week to recover.
"It was the first time I was under anaesthetic, so I missed a full week of study. But then a week later I was OK, so I had the last few days before it to get final revision done.
"I had full attendance, never missed a day since first year."
The doctors needed to carry out a follow-up procedure to remove the rest of the blood clot, but Ciara asked them to put it off until after her Leaving Cert, so she could finish her exams.
Having worked hard for her results, Ciara was delighted with her 615 points.
She said: "I'm so happy. I can't even describe it. I'm just delighted.
"I just opened them and I was just shocked. I was speechless.
"To see them there in front of me, it showed that the last six years of work paid off."