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A grieving mum has proudly gone to collect her son's incredible GCSE results – five months after his tragic death.
Adam Lacy was originally diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015 and underwent years of treatment before sadly dying in March this year, aged just 16.
Despite his illness, 'strong and determined' Adam sat his mock GCSE exams in December, which meant his teachers were able to ensure his grades were recognised this summer.
Adam's mum Lynne, a midwife from Prenton, Merseyside, was emotional after find out her "talented" son had achieved one A*, five As and two Bs, the Liverpool Echo reports.
She said: "It's really lovely he was recognised for his hard work – I think with this Covid thing and because of the predicted grades, we've been able to get something we wouldn't have had the opportunity to do before.
"If we didn't have Covid, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to sit an exam.
"So it's been a little bit of a blessing to have it this way."
After his diagnosis in 2015, Adam went through three years of chemotherapy which began in his final year of primary school.
The massive Liverpool FC fan had to miss his first year of high school due to treatment, before his medication was switched to tablet form which allowed him to go return to school for Year 8 and Year 9.
Adam relapsed in 2018 and had to have a bone marrow transplant in August that year, which meant he was in hospital for several months.
Mum Lynne said: "He was doing great then, he was getting himself back in the gym, back to school, doing football – he rang the bell, the one to mark end of treatment, in May 2019 and then unfortunately he relapsed again November 2019.
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"But we didn't know officially until the December.
"They said he'd need another bone marrow transplant and he sat his mock exams in the December and then we found out a week later he'd relapsed – they backtracked it to the November.
"They didn't officially say he'd relapsed until December and in the meantime, he sat his mock exams and he absolutely smashed it – especially considering all the time off he had."
Football-mad Adam was a huge Liverpool fan who got to meet the squad in 2016.
Lynne said: "He was mascot for Liverpool FC when they had their cup final in 2016 and that was during his treatment as well."
Adam's success in his mock exams allowed his teachers to assess how he may have performed in the official exams, with his impressive grades leaving his mum emotional but delighted.
The Wirral Grammar School for Boys student died just before the coronavirus lockdown came into effect.
Lynne said: "He did absolutely amazing and he went into hospital again on the 13th of December, had his second transplant in February and we were in Manchester for treatment but unfortunately his transplant didn't take this time and he passed away in March.
"We had his funeral planned for three weeks later and then lockdown came into effect – we got told we could only have 15 people in so we postponed it.
"We had it on 17th July so we could wait and have at least 30 people – nine of his best friends came and then 21 of his family."
Adam's mum was touched when people dressed in red for her beloved son and "lined the streets".
She said: "People lined the streets from our house in Prenton to Wirral Grammar Boys – people were all dressed in red, it was amazing to see."
To mark their son's exam achievement, Lynne, her husband Paul and Adam's older brother Matthew, will be going to the cemetery to release some balloons above Adam's grave.
The balloons will have each of his grades written on them in celebration.
Lynne said Adam "took everything in his stride" and left a lasting impression on those that knew him.
She added: "He was just so popular, so lovely – I've even had one of his best friends knocking on the door with some red roses for me earlier.
"They were all so close and they knew it was going to be a tough day today.
"He was loved by everyone, not one person had a bad word to say about him."
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