Student, 20, sat a 90 minute exam while in LABOUR – and passed
Pregnant student who sat a 90-minute exam while in LABOUR reveals she was hooked up to a machine to control the pain of her contractions – but she still managed to pass
- Khiara Darbyshire, 20, from Worthing, gave birth to daughter Poppy hours later
- Had been induced three days before exam due to concern baby wasn’t moving
- Thought it would be better to do exam in labour than with a ‘screaming baby’
- Used a Tens machine to control the pain from her contractions during the paper
- Mum-of-two also sat GCSE exam while experiencing labour pains with son Hugo
A pregnant student who sat a one-and-a-half hour written exam while in labour managed to get through the entire paper – and pass.
Khiara Darbyshire, 20, from Worthing, told how she was hooked up to a Tens machine to control the pain of her contractions while she completed her theatrical and media make-up exam at Brighton Met college.
A few hours later she gave birth to daughter Poppy – and learned she had passed the test.
Khiara had gone into hospital three days before the exam because the baby was not moving, and decided to be induced as she felt this would be a safer option.
Khiara Darbyshire, 20, from Worthing, sat a one-and-a-half hour written exam while in labour with daughter Poppy, pictured, and managed to get through the entire paper – and pass
Picking up the Tens machine, which uses a mild electrical current to reduce pain, she sat the written test the next day – to the amazement of her teacher.
Khiara said: ‘I told her that technically I had been in labour for a couple of days and her face dropped.
‘She told me that if it got too much and I needed to leave, I could just leave.
‘But I thought it would be better to do the exam in labour than to do it with a screaming baby, so I just did it.
‘The machine really helped, and if the pain got to the point that it was really starting to hurt I would turn it up.
Khiara, pictured with her partner Sam Tarrant, was hooked up to a Tens machine to control the pain of her contractions while she completed her theatrical and media make-up exam at Brighton Met college
‘When I got a contraction I would focus on my breathing so I could get the exam done. The good news is I passed.’
Poppy was born two weeks early at Worthing Hospital, weighing 7lb 9oz. Khiara, who lives with partner Sam Tarrant, 23, is also mum to son Hugo, aged four.
Incredibly, she is no stranger to having contractions during exams.
At the age of 16, she sat a GCSE geography exam while experiencing labour pains with Hugo, who was born five days later.
When she found out she was pregnant with Poppy, she told her tutor at the college where she was on an advanced diploma course in theatrical and media make-up.
Khiara is also mum to son Hugo, aged four (pictured), and has since graduated from her course with a merit grade
‘My tutor was very supportive and kind and we talked about how we were going to get all my exams done,’ she said.
‘I carried on as best I could, my uniform got bigger and bigger. My college were always understanding. They would help me if I needed anything and would speak to me if I was worrying.
‘The exam was the final written paper but since then we’ve had some practical exams where Poppy has come into college.
‘And she’s actually been pretty good and well behaved.’
Proud mum-of-two Khiara, pictured with Hugo, picked up a Commitment to Learning award at the annual Brighton Met awards ceremony to celebrate student achievements
Khiara has since graduated from her course with a merit grade and admitted she isn’t sure what she’ll do in the future.
‘Hugo starts school next year so I will be there to help him, and then we will see what happens,’ she said.
Unsurprisingly, Khiara picked up a Commitment to Learning award at the annual Brighton Met awards ceremony to celebrate student achievements.
Speaking at the ceremony, Julie Nerney, chairwoman of the Met’s board of governors, said ‘This is the highlight of my year. It puts everything that everyone working at the college does into perspective.
‘Our students are at the heart of what we do and the students we are here to celebrate tonight will take your breath away. I am overwhelmed by the nominations and the stories they tell.’
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