Newcastle High School pupil Amy Johnson has her heart set on specialising in immunology after recently suffering from a deadly strain of malaria.

Amy was struck down by the disease last year while volunteering in Ghana last year as part of a Girl Guiding trip.

“Eight of the 12 girls on the trip were infected even though we were taking Malaria tablets. While unwell, I learned so much about Malaria and the parasites that can be found in blood and found it fascinating and would love to learn more.  It was at least something positive to come from a really upsetting experience.”

Amy, who lives in Newcastle gained 10 GCSEs, five of which were at the top grade of A*. She is continuing her studies at Newcastle High School for Girls, taking A Levels in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Geography.

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