Technological advances and mum’s care inspire teenager to chase prosthetics dream

A CARING teenager plans to study prosthetics at university after being inspired by advances in medical technology.

Coleg Cambria learner Emily Baines has been offered a place on the Prosthetics and Orthotics degree at the University of Strathclyde – ranked second in the UK for Medical Technology.

Emily, from Marford, has completed A Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and French at Cambria’s Yale Sixth Form Centre in Wrexham, currently undergoing a £21m revamp.

The 18 year-old is determined to become an orthotist – a branch of medicine that deals with the provision and use of artificial devices such as splints and braces – after seeing the work of staff at Opcare clinics in Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.

Witnessing first-hand how these innovative services have helped mum Naomi – who was diagnosed with Scoliosis as a child – also drove her to pursue a career in the sector.

“Prosthetics has always been of interest to me and is where I see my future,” said Emily, named Maths and Science Student of the Year at this year’s Coleg Cambria Student Awards, held virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I just want to help people and make a difference to their lives. It is a niche area but something I really hope to do after university.”

The former Darland High School pupil added: “I would like to thank Cambria for their support, I really enjoyed my time at Yale and was able to complete my studies online during lockdown.

“It’s been a very strange time and like others in my position it was a shame to not be able to sit the exams, but we got through it and look forward to the future.”

Head of Yale Sixth Simon Woodward said Emily has every reason to be proud after her achievements over the last two years.

“Emily has been resilient, resourceful and independent throughout her time with us, especially in light of past months,” he said.

“We wish her every success for the future and have no doubt she will go on to have a successful medical career.”

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