Sunderland paper boy was out on round just hours before having brain tumour removed

Best of Wearside entry - Henry Wagner.'Nominated by head of year Gill Scott
Best of Wearside entry - Henry Wagner.'Nominated by head of year Gill Scott
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Determined teenager Henry Wagner was busy completing a paper round - just hours before he had a brain tumour removed.

He even planned for the operation to be carried out in the school summer holidays so he wouldn’t miss a day of education.

Best of Wearside entry - Henry Wagner.'Nominated by head of year Gill Scott

Best of Wearside entry - Henry Wagner.'Nominated by head of year Gill Scott

They’re just two examples of the South Hylton 15-year-old making the most of life despite facing his own health battles.

And today, Henry’s attitude has won him a nomination for a Best of Wearside award from his school’s head of year.

Gill Scott, from Academy 360 in Sunderland, said: “His behaviour in school is exemplary.”

“He is a model student who is a credit to the academy. He takes advantage of every opportunity that comes his way.”

He didn’t let this diagnosis affect his attendance to school and he continued to participate fully in all aspects of school life – even when he was affected with symptoms such as dizzy spells

Gill Scott, head of Year 11 at Academy 360

Henry’s problems began two years ago and only came to the fore by accident.

He was taken to hospital for a checkout when he knocked his head in 2013.

But scans showed up something which had nothing to do with a minor head knock. Tests showed there was something in his head which needed further investigation.

After MRI scans and a period of observation, he went home with the advice that he would need to return for further tests.

Best of Wearside entry - Henry Wagner.'Nominated by head of year Gill Scott

Best of Wearside entry - Henry Wagner.'Nominated by head of year Gill Scott

But headaches and dizzy spells followed and eventually Henry had to be booked in for an operation.

Even then, Henry wasnt going to let it get in the way of his life.

He made sure it happened in July this year during the summer holidays so that he could keep up his record of never willingly missing a day at school.

A four-hour operation completely removed a benign brain tumour the size of a marble. Henry had to spend five days in hospital and needs further checks to ensure he is okay.

But his mum Tracy Howat, 35, said: “He still gets a couple of little pains but he is doing fine.

“And the only time he missed any school was when he was in hospital having an operation.

“He has a paper round as well and he did that when he had the tumour.”

Henry has recovered so well, he is expected to shine in exams.

Gill added: “His behaviour in school is exemplary and he is expected to achieve high grades in his GCSE’s.

“He is a model student who is a credit to the academy. He takes advantage of every opportunity that comes his way.”

Henry becomes another fantastic entry in this year’s awards.

This year, the competition is being held in association with Vantec Europe Ltd.

Category sponsors are Calsonic, Gentoo, Martinos, TWR and UK Asbestos and we thank them all for their fantastic backing.

The competition’s grand finale will be at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, November 19, and we are hoping to reward some truly deserving people.

To nominate your own favourites, fill in the form on this page or visit the website at http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/