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Brighton College student 'carer' achieves 9 A* GCSEs

From left to right - Fiona Taratula, Monique Taratula-Lyons and Leora Taratula-Lyons
Image caption Leora Taratula-Lyons cared for her mother and sister in the run-up to her exams

A Brighton College student who devoted much of her time to being a carer for her mother and sister is celebrating achieving nine A*s at GCSE.

Leora Taratula-Lyons, of Hove, looked after her mother, Fiona Taratula, 45, while she recovered from eye surgery.

She was also helping to care for her sister, Monique, 11, who was diagnosed with ME two years ago.

The 16-year-old said: "I had no idea I'd do as well as this, I'm a bit overwhelmed and shocked still."

'Did everything'

In the run-up to her elder daughter's exams, Ms Taratula suffered serious complications following a corneal transplant and lost her sight in her left eye.

She said: "For two months during her mock exams I was housebound so Leora looked after me and did all the washing, cooking and cleaning and picked her sister up from school.

"She did everything really. She was doing a lot more than most 16-year-old kids."

Leora was also awarded an ELC (Entry Level Certificate) in Mandarin, a qualification which is designed for students who have not reached GCSE level in a subject.

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