THREE years ago he lost a leg through cancer. Today Ryan Amesbury is the pride of his school after sailing through his GCSEs - complete with a merit in sports.
Ryan, a 16-year-old student at Trinity Academy, in Thorne, Doncaster, was diagnosed with bone cancer two years ago, and underwent surgery to remove part of his leg the summer of 2010.
After regaining his strength following two courses of chemotherapy he returned to school, where staff and pupils were so impressed with his attitude he was presented with a courage award.
Ryan was fitted with a prosthetic leg and got on with his GCSE courses, including a BTEC in sport - which he has now passed with flying colours, as well as 10 GCSEs at the benchmark A* to C grades.
His proud headteacher Ian Brew said: “He is a superb young lad and an inspiration. He is an amazing young man.”
Ryan, from Moorends, underwent a pioneering operation in Birmingham which saw his thigh bone removed and replaced with his shin bone. His foot was attached at the bottom, facing backwards, and serves as his knee.
He lost a year of his schooling because of his illness, during which he spent large amounts of time at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Ryan said: “I’m quite proud of myself, but I wouldn’t want to sound big headed. I’m glad I knuckled down.”