- Keisha Ruiters was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017 and soon started chemotherapy
- She fell ill but continued to write her matric final exams, including her final 2 subjects from her hospital bed
- Keisha tragically passed away 8 days later but passed all her subjects, with her mother collecting her certificates
Keisha Ruiters served as a brilliant example to many struggling students.
The Grade 12 learner endured a challenging period since 2017 but still persevered with her studies with the objective of matriculating at the end of 2018.
In May 2017, Keisha was diagnosed with Leukaemia and started treatment soon after.
Her mother, Lynette, recalls how her daughter suffered during chemotherapy.
The South African reported that Lynette held back the tears on many occasions and showed a brave face to her daughter.
Keisha was determined not to be held back and persevered with her studies while in Grade 12 last year.
The 19-year-old fell ill on 21 November though, as she wrote her 2nd History exam.
Keisha was then admitted to hospital but incredibly still wrote her final exams from her hospital bed.
Her final exam took place on 26th November.
Unfortunately, she lost her battle with cancer 8 days later as she passed away.
As heart-breaking as events were, Lynette, was filled with pride as news broke that Keisha had passed all her subjects.
The brave mother went to Keisha’s school to collect her results where she discovered that her daughter attained a distinction and bachelor pass.
The icing on the cake is that Keisha landed 5 diplomas in her final year – despite her ailing health.
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