A Wiltshire girl who missed three years of school after suffering a catastrophic brain stem haemorrhage has taken three GCSEs and passed one of them with a grade four.

Miranda Meldrum, 16, who goes to St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon, took English Literature, and foundation level Maths and Biology, and has been awarded grades three, two and four respectively.

She said: “I think that’s pretty good considering I missed three years of school.

“Yes, I failed maths and English so I’ll be resitting them alongside of sixth form but the fact I even passed one is a major accomplishment.”

Miranda owes her life to the expert skills and dedication of NHS staff at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

She has spent the past three years making a miraculous recovery from a stroke and Locked In Syndrome.

At the age of 13, she suffered a catastrophic brain stem haemorrhage that left her unable to speak or use her arms and legs.

Since the stroke in 2017, Miranda has left doctors and nurses at both hospitals amazed by her determination to make a full recovery.

Miranda has spent much of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown walking 100 laps on her treadmill to raise funds to buy more ventilators for the NHS.

She now spends 90 minutes every day walking a lap on the treadmill at her home with her GP mum Stella riding an exercise bike by her side.

Dr Meldrum said: “Miranda is a typical teenager. She wants to become more independent and to not have to rely on me.

“We need to get her walking again by the time she’s 18 so that she can do the things her friends do and go out and have fun.

“She’s a girl who always gives 100 per cent to everything she does.”

So far Miranda’s raised £4,276 towards her appeal despite fracturing a toe on July 26. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/f/1zbe5ywx00