A 17-year-old Dubai student with a rare form of bone cancer has scored top marks in his Grade 12 Finals.
Bibin Baldev Raj has a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. But despite working from his hospital bed, he still managed to get 97.2% in his Grade 12 exams.
Bibin Baldev Raj, you’re officially an honorary DubaiLAD.
Bibin was being treated at the Al Zahra hospital but got the good news on his exam results from his new hospital in Jalandhar, Punjab.
And, amazingly, the Covid-19 pandemic was a big help for his lessons.
“With remote learning, I could attend classes from the hospital bed, as my treatment was going on. Spending so much screen time daily was a problem, as it was a new concept. However, I persisted and prepared. I did well in pre-boards and at later stages,” he said.
Bibin is on the second of six cycles of chemotherapy, which may take another three months to complete.
And doctors have been impressed at how he’s tackled his studies and dealt with his advanced cancer.
“Although Raj is in the advanced stages of cancer, it didn’t dent his confidence. Despite chemotherapy and complications, he was always studying from the hospital. Whenever I passed by his room, he was engrossed with his textbooks. He returned to India a while back. He has scored such excellent marks. I’m so happy for him and very proud of his achievement. There is no limit to his aspirations. I’m sure he will soon beat cancer,” said Dr Humaid Al Shamsi, president, Emirates Oncology Society.