GCSE triumph for teenager following brain injury

Alex Davis suffered a severe brain injury while playing football for Cheltenham Town. He spent a week in a coma and only returned to school in February.

The 16-year-old is now celebrating achieving the top grade of nine in many of his GCSE subjects. .  He was playing for Cheltenham's U16s last November, when he was accidentally kicked in the head by the opposition striker. As Alex went down to get the ball, the player tried to jump over him, catching him with his knee on the back of his head. The heel of his football boot smashed into Alex's left eye, smashing out his eye socket, according to a report by Bristol Live.  A stud from the boot went in through Alex's forehead, with the bone fragments piercing his brain, causing a bleed. Alex was rushed to hospital where he suffered a seizure before medics but him into an induced coma. He was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital and, while still in a coma, underwent three operations lasting seven hours. He had a craniotomy and shunt. In February Alex started a phased return to school, attending for a few hours a week and studying towards his GCSEs.  Read the full story here. 
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