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Secondary school of benikhedache
Mid-of-term test No 1
4th form Arts.
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 1hour
Fall, 2009
Name:…………………………………………………Class:……………………………Nbr:……………..
I – Listening comprehension: (8pts). Listen carefully and answer the questions below.
1 – Tick the correct option. (1pt).
The text is:
An advertisement about travel
An advertisement about tourism
A narration of a memorial travel
2 – Fill in the table below with the right information about the speaker. (3pts).
His nationality
The place he visited
The time he spent in the
plane
3 – How many days did the speaker spend holidaying? (1pt).
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
4 – Listen and fill in the blanks with the missing words. (2pts).
Some people do holidaying for the entire year, because, for them, holidaying is
………………………and activity which will help them gather………………………………from places
round the globe. Some others take holidaying just as a …………………………activity; for them
……………………………..and each spared day is meant for holidaying.
5 – According to the pronunciation of the underlined letters, choose two words from the list below and
put them in the appropriate columns. (1pt).
Holiday – achieve – agency – capital
/æ/
/ə/
II – Language: (12pts)
1 – Put the bracketed words in the correct tense and / or form. (4pts).
As the screaming fans stormed the stage a few minutes before the (begin)………………..........of
the play, their favourite actor Donny Osmond, was weeping in his dressing room, torn by panic and fear.
Donny,
41,
reveals
that
behind
his
sparkling
smile,
he
was
battling
(person)………………………demons. ‘I’ve always tried to be the (good)………………….but it isn’t
possible”, admits Donny. “In spite of having performed for 30 years in huge stadiums, I
(can / not)…………………….walk on the stage. In the dressing room, 15 minutes before the show, I
suddenly
(feeling)…………………sick
and
my
hands
started
shaking”.
No one could calm him except his wife, Debby. “She (bright)…………………….said the words that
were the turning point to me”.
“Why don’t you do yourself and everybody a favour by
(to go)………………………out and being average? You don’t have to be perfect”. “Suddenly, things
made real sense and I began to relax? I had permission not to be perfect. The problem was that I wanted
people to like me. And I (think)………………………they wouldn’t think much of me if I wasn’t
perfect”.
2 – Fill in the blanks with the right words from the list on the right. (4pts).
Most of the spelling differences between the American and the
British English were made after American (1) ……………………..in 1776.
The American spelling changes were not (2) ……………………….by
government, but by textbook writers and dictionary makers, spurred on by
the public. The individual(3) ………………………regarded as being most
responsible(4)………………….the Americanization of English spelling was
lawyer, linguist and writer Noah Webster (1758 – 1843). In the late 1700s,
America was a new country and Webster wanted (5)……………………an
American sense of identity. Among other things, he believed that America
should have its own standards of spelling, vocabulary, and grammar and not
be so closely tied to the English of the recently departed colonial British.
Webster argued for many simplifications to the idiosyncratic spelling
of the English of that period. These simplifications primarily involved the
shortening of words, the (6) ………………………..of silent letters; and
making spelling more phonetic. Many of the changes were initiated
unilaterally by Webster himself. In 1783, he began(7)………………………
of his language textbooks, which set the standard for American spelling and
which encouraged Americans to think of the English language as their own.
Webster’s textbooks (8)…………………………in schools for the next 100
years.
1 – independent – independence –
dependence.
2 – drive – drove – driven.
3–generally – general – generalize
4 – about – of – for.
5 – promote – to promote –
promoting.
6 – removing – remove – removal.
7 – fascination – inspiration –
publication.
8 – are used – were used – have
used.
3 – Fill in the gaps with the right words from the list below. (4pts).
earliest – being – ramble - contribution – expresses - emerging – with – constantly – masterpieces – likely.
A great work of Art is never old-fashioned; because it ……………………………in fine forms
some truth about human nature, and human nature never changes. A drama
dealing…………………….the impalpable human soul is more ………………………to stay true than a
treatise on geology. This is the notable advantage that works of art have over works of science, the
advantage of…………………….and remaining true. No matter how important the
…………………………….of scientific books, they are alloyed with errors, and after the death of their
authors must be …………………………revised. Whereas the ……………………………..of poetry,
drama, and fiction cannot be revised, because they are always true. The latest edition of a work of science
is most valuable; of literature, the …………………….
“Without the rain, there would be no rainbow”
Escaping from a dreadful English winter, I found myself in heaven. Unwillingly to face another
damp and dreary season, I decided to make a return holiday to the island. The moment I stepped off the
plane at the airport I knew it was the best decision I had made all year. The sky was blue, the sun shone
brightly and everyone we saw was smiling. Paradise was waiting to be rediscovered. The Almond Beach
Village is on the north-west side of Barbados on what is known as the island’s Bajan Gold Coast. As soon
as we arrived, we were greeted with ice-cold glasses of fruit juice after a 10 – hour flight.
Although our arrival time was about 5 pm, the sun was still blissfully warm. Leaving the
unpacking until later, we put on our swimwear and headed for the resort’s many pools. One hour later we
were back on the beach veranda waiting to see our first Caribbean sunset of the fortnight. This became a
ritual for me throughout our holiday. The sun goes down quickly, but the colors are so glorious that I
never wanted to miss it.
Dinner that first night was pre-booked for us in the Reef, one of the village’s four restaurants.
After a fantastic meal we spent the rest of the evening in the main entertainment area, listening to a steel
band.
Dictation:
Some people do holidaying for the entire year, because, for them, holidaying is actually an activity which
will help them gather knowledge from places round the globe. Some others take holidaying just as a
leisure activity; for them vacations, and each spared day is meant for holidaying.
Secondary school of benikhedache
End-of-term test No 1
4th form Arts 4&6.
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2009
Name:…………………………………………………Class:……………………………Nbr:……………..
I – Reading comprehension. (15pts).
1 – Tick the right answer. (1pt).
The text is mainly:
descriptive
narrative
argumentative
2 – Fill out the table below with information about Umm Kulthoum’s most famous concert. (3pts).
Place
Time
Period
3 – The following sentences are false; correct them with reference to the text. (3pts).
A – Umm Kulthoum was quickly forgotten after her death.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
B - People were not affected by her performances.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
C – Sabrine was confident when she was selected to play the role of Umm Kulthoum.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
4 – What shows that Umm Kulthoum has a strong voice? (1pt).
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
5 – What will the government do to celebrate Umm Kulthoum’s centenary? (1pt).
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
6 - Pick a sentence from the text showing that Umm Kulthoum’s death affected a huge number of
people. (1pt).
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
7 – Find words in the text that have the same meaning as the words below. (3pts).
+ Astonishing (parag.2) =………………………………..
+ Skill (parag.4) =………………………………………..
+ Original (parag.5) =…………………………………….
8 – What do the underlined words in the text refer to? (2pt).
+ His (parag.4) refers to =…………………………………..
+ They (parag.4) refers to =………………………………….
II – Language. (10pts).
1 – Fill in the blanks with the correct words from the list below. (4pts).
results – estimates – access – confidently – boosts – schooling – skills – developing – to opportunity
Around the world, 121 million children – including 65 million girls – have no ……………………
to attend primary schools. Many children break off their education early. In developing countries, only
one child in three completes five years of …………………………. For socially disadvantaged groups
such as rural or indigenous communities, poor urban dwellers and the disabled,………………………to
education is especially problematical. The UNESCO …………………………..that around 90 per cent of
disabled children in developing countries do not attend school. The quality of education is also poor in
many developing countries. According………………………….current estimates, by the end of four to
six years of primary education 30 to 50 percent of school drop outs cannot read or write
…………………………and lack basic numeracy……………………….. In the sub-Saharan African
countries in particular, the poor quality of teaching ……………………………in 18 percent of children
repeating a year of schooling.
2 – Choose the correct words from the list given on the right to complete the paragraph. (3pts).
Development is essential. If there is no (1)……………………or 1 – growing – grow – growth
development, the standard of living can’t rise. It is ridiculous to expect
people with high standard of living stop (2)…………………..luxury 2 – buy – buying – bought
items and driving cars. (3)………………….wants to go back to the dark 3 – nobody – anybody – everybody
ages. But if development is controlled it can do no harm. Without
(4)…………………….development, we would still be living in mud
4 – economical – economic economically
huts. Now, we are making progress on issues (5)………………….. 5 – such – likely – such as
pollution and the unlawful slaughter of animals. Contaminated water
has been eliminated in the developed countries and there are more and
more national parks to protect life. Indeed, (6)…………………….we 6 – unless – if – although
work in the system, we won’t win.
3 – Supply the correct tense and / or form of the bracketed words. (3pts).
Almost a fifth of final year students are unsatisfied with the quality of their degree course, a study
(revelation)……………………yesterday. Undergraduates are concerned about the amount of feedback
and organization on their courses, according to the annual National Student Survey. Around 43 per cent
said they were not (give)………………. prompt feedback on their work, and almost a third said they did
not think their course was (good / organize)……………………........... The same number said they were
not told properly about changes to the course or teaching and were upset that advice was not available
when they needed to make (decide)………………………about their course. Overall, more than a third of
students said they were not satisfied with the (assess)………………………… and feedback they
received. The survey showed students were more (not / happy)……………………….than last year's
students.
III – Writing. (15pts).
Part I. (5pts).
1 – Express the following sentences differently starting as indicated below. (2pts).
A – Unless we feel responsible for their condition, many children will lose their chance to learn.
If ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
B – Although it was very famous, the movie didn’t attract many people.
Despite ………………………………………………………………………………………………………
2 – Develop the notes below into coherent sentences. (3pts).
A – Education / to be / the / good / means / save / people / poverty.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
B – Majority / illiteracy / people / to live / developing countries.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
C – Donation / money / food / drugs / to boost / standards / living.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Part II. (10pts).
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” comment on the statement in an
article about the benefits of travel. Almost 12 lines.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
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Secondary school of benikhedache
End-of-term test No 1
4th form Arts 4&6.
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2009
The text
1 – The concert hall is hushed; the legend glides onto the stage. Before she sings a single note, the
audience is awed by her allure: the sequined grown, the diamond earrings, and the scarf in her hand that she will
shake to the music. Then the soaring voice thrills her fans, including millions in teahouses and homes listening to the
radio. She relentlessly tugs at the heartstrings in songs lasting an hour, sometimes three.
2 – The singer is the incomparable Umm Kulthoum. The concert is the one that took place in Cairo on the
first Thursday night of every month for four decades. Umm Kulthoum remains the Arab world’s most beloved
chanteuse even though she died in 1975. Her CDs still sell briskly in bazaars from Dubai to Marrakech. Titles like
anta omri (you are my life), and hadhihi layleti (this is my night) sell at the staggering rate of 600,000 discs per year
according to her Cairo distributor. That puts Umm Kulthoum among the top-selling Arab singers, and has done so for
more than 50 years.
3 – Across the Middle East early this year, Egyptian TV will broadcast Umm Kulthoum: an era of art,
a 30-part drama retelling the legend’s rags-to-riches story to commemorate the centenary of her birth. The
government will also open the Umm Kulthoum museum in Cairo, containing recordings of her 300 songs, prints of
her six films and thousands of her personal possessions.
4 – Umm Kulthoum’s musical days began as a child when her father, a local Imam, dressed her as a boy and
made her a member of his troupe that performed songs on religious holidays. After discovering the girl’s remarkable
talent, an Egyptian composer set her on a career that enabled her unique style to develop. “Her voice, her delivery,
her body language, they were incredible”, recalls Samir Gharieb, who is overseeing the Umm Kulthoum Museum.
“She hypnotized her audience”. The memorable performances lasted long into the night and set men weeping
openly. Millions of grieving Egyptians filled the streets and formed a vast procession to the cemetery after Umm
Kulthoum died in 1975, aged 76. “Her ability to unite the Arabs will always be remembered”, says her stepson
Mohamed Hefinawi “they all loved her”.
5 – she was so beloved that when the Egyptian TV director Anaam Mohamed Ali announced plans for TV
series, a heated controversy erupted over whether any living actress was worthy of the role. Ali finally tapped
Sabrine, a young actress known for conservative film roles and a discreet private life. “I was frightened when I was
selected” Sabrine says. “I hope I will not let the viewers down”. She has already taken an important precaution:
although she is an able singer herself, the musical segments of the TV series will be dubbed with the authentic voice
of Umm Kulthoum. As Sabrine knows, the legend’s fans would not have had it otherwise.
Time: February 1st, 1999
By Scott McLeod
Secondary school of benikhedache
End-of-term test No 1
4th form Math.
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2009
Name:…………………………………………………Class:……………………………Nbr:……………..
I – Reading comprehension. (12pts).
1 – Tick the right option. (1pt).
The text is about:
+ A boy who left school because of poverty.
+ A graduate who is affected by his secondary school life.
+ A graduate who fails to have a job because of his bad results.
2 – Fill in the table below with information about John. (3pts).
His problem
Cause of the problem
Location
John
Thomson
2 – The following statements are false; correct them with details from the text. (3pts).
A – John dropped out before going to university.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
B – The school doesn’t receive money from its students.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
C – The school admitted that john was really bullied.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
3 – How did bullying affect John’s results at university? (1pt).
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
4 – Find words in the text that mean approximately the same as the following. (2pts).
+ Men and women who have completed their studies at university (parag.3) =…………………………..
+ Worried (parag.4) =………………………………
5 – What does the underlined word in the text refer to? (1pt).
+ Its (parag.4) refers to =…………………………..
6 – Does the school bear responsibility for John’s problem? Justify your answer from the text. (1pt).
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….....
II – Language. (6pts).
1 – Fill in the blanks with the right words from the list below. (3pts).
increased – compulsory – learning – literate – growth – illiterate – systems - dropped
Lack of access and the often poor quality of the education……………………………..mean that
in developing countries, around 16 percent of young people are ……………………… There are 862
million adults and young people worldwide who cannot read or write, and 64 percent of them are women.
The illiteracy rate………………………..from 37 percent to 20 percent worldwide between 1970 and
2000 – but due to demographic ………………………….,the number of uneducated persons
…………………………in absolute terms by 15 million. 98 percent of people who cannot read or write
live in developing countries. In many countries, delivering on the commitment to ………………………...
education fails due to lack of funds.
2 – Choose the right word from the list on the right to complete the paragraph. (3pts).
Many
of
the
skills
that
children
need
(1)……………………. live in the society are learned at school. 1 – so that – because – in order to
If children don’t go to school, they will find it difficult
(2)………………….. reading, writing and simple calculation. 2 – learning – to learn – learn
(3)………………….children stay at school for several years, 3 – Unless – If – When
they can’t learn enough of these skills and have them a
lifetime. If they leave schools after only a few years, then they
risk
(4)………………….their
skills
because
skills (5)…………………………………, they will be
if 4 – loss – lose – losing
5 – don’t practice – aren’t practiced –
aren’t practicing
(6) ………………….lost.
6 – quick – quicker – quickly
III – Writing. (12pts).
1 – Express the following sentences differently starting as indicated below. (4pts).
A – Space travel is very expensive. Only wealthy people can dream of.
So ………..that
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
B – Learning is very important. It must be endless.
So………….that
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
C – If nobody helps the poor, they won’t have an opportunity of learning.
Unless……………………………………………………………………………………………………...
D – If there isn’t art, life will be very boring.
Unless……………………………………………………………………………………………………...
2 – Topic. (8pts).
Virtual schools have become famous and preferable ways of learning for many pupils. Do you
think that they can replace traditional schools? State your opinion in an argumentative article. No more
than 12 lines.
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All the best
Secondary school of benikhedache
End-of-term test No 1
4th form Math.
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2009
The text
1 – A former pupil is suing a leading public school for almost £1 million after he claims he was
bullied by pupils who called him a ‘poor little rich boy’.
2 – John Thomson, 23, launched a landmark high Court case yesterday claiming he has been left
mentally scarred and his career ruined by repeated bullying and humiliation he endured at Berkhamsted
Collegiate School. The university graduate is accusing staff of failing to protect him from fellow pupils
who taunted him about living in a large house. He claims he was picked on from the age of 11 by various
boys who ‘made his life hell’ and the ordeal led to him developing a major depressive disorder.
3 – The school which charges fees of £15,000 a year and whose alumni include Graham Green
and Emma Fielding has insisted that the incidents were too trivial to be considered bullying. The court
heard that Mr. Thomson, who lives in Meadway, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, attended the school
between 1994 and 2002. After leaving he went on to study at Imperial College London but he says the
abuse overshadowed his career prospects and he graduated with a second class degree when he had the
potential to get a first.
4 – Mr. Thomson, an above-average student whose parents hoped would go on to Oxbridge,
became withdrawn and subdued. He would often be anxious and distressed at the start of a new term. He
told a counselor he felt ‘his life was not worth living’. Mr. Glancy told Mr. Justice Blake in London.
His ordeal culminated in a purported suicide attempt shortly afterwards during a school trip to Greece, the
court was told. A month later he sent a letter of complaint to the school governors and stood up in his
science class announcing he had been bullied. In 2002, he moved to Aylesbury Grammar School where
he did well. But he claims that bullying at a critical period of his adolescence has led to a struggle finding
suitable work. The school denies it was negligent or in breach of its duty of care. The case continues.
Daily Mail: March 3, 2009
By Rebecca Camber
Suing = taking a legal action.
Secondary school of benikhedache
End-of-term test No 1
3rd form Arts 3.
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2009
Name:…………………………………………………Class:……………………………Nbr:……………..
I – Reading comprehension. (15pts).
1 – Tick the right option. (1pt).
The text is about:
+ Two girls who are separated by accidents.
+ Two friends who are separated by problems.
+ Two families which are united by donation.
2 – Complete the table below with information about Rebecca. (4pts).
Her age
Her problem
How she was saved?
Who saved her?
3 – The following sentences are false; correct them with details from the text. (3pts).
A – Rebecca and Amanda’s families have no relationship today.
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
B – Rebecca’s problem happened when she was a young child.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
C – Rebecca has a donor card that allowed her the transplant.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
4 – How many hours did Rebecca’s operation take? (1pt).
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
5 – Pick a sentence from the text showing that Rebecca wanted to know the donor who saved her life.
(1pt)
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
6 – Tick the right option to explain the underlined expression. (1pt).
It never crossed my mind. (parag.3) means:
+ I was not interested in it.
+ I did never think about it.
+ It never surprised me.
7 – Find words in the text that have the same meaning as the following. (2pts).
+ Fought (parag.2) =…………………………………..
+ Possible (parag.3) =………………………………….
8 – What does the underlined word in the text refer to? (1pt).
+ They (parag.1) refers to =…………………………………
9 – How can you describe Amanda’s parents? (1pt).
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
II – Language. (10pts).
1 – Put the bracketed words in the right tense and / or form. (4pts).
Anne Sullivan could not teach Helen Keller to speak until some other important things had been
learned. The little girl had to know that she (not / can)……………………………always do what she
wished to do. She had always been (ability)……………………….to get what she wanted by
(use)……………………..force. The teacher had to change such habits without breaking the child’s
spirits.
Sometimes
there
was
(strength)…………………………
(to
be
/
real
fighting
young
between
teacher.
Miss
win)…………………………..by
At
the
last,
Sullivan,
wild
child
however,
who
had
and
the
the
battle
succeeded
in
(to show)……………………………..Helen that she loved her. Then they continued to be friends until
the
teacher’s
(die)…………………………,
fifty
years
later.
The
day
on
which
Helen
(final)……………………………accepted Miss Sullivan as her friend and teacher was a great day in her
life.
2 – Fill in the blanks with the correct words from the list below. (3pts).
provide – acceptance – sense – relationship – look for – secure – excluded – protect
When teens don’t have good relationships with their parents, they will seek to meet these needs
through other people. Kids need to have a ………………………….of belonging and they will keep
looking until they find it. If they can’t get it from home, they will ……………………………it from their
friends. Young people need to belong to a group. If someone is ………………………..from a group, he /
she keeps searching until they find one that will let them in. That’s why groups are popular. They provide
a
sense
of
………………………….
Hopefully,
with
love
and
affection
that
parents
……………………….., children can feel ……………………………..enough to face rejection and won’t
place high priority on being liked by others.
3 – Circle the right alternative. (3pts).
John is looking forward to his sister tomorrow. She (has been / had been / have been) in France
for five years and he has never seen her (since / yet / already). She has just been on the phone, she (has
told / told / tells) him that she would come back home on a (two-weeks / week-two / two-week) holiday
with her husband and daughter. It will be a good (opportunity / probability / fraternity) for John to see
his brother-in-law Philip and his niece Sarah for the first time. They are coming by plane, so he must be at
the airport (at / in / on) 9:00 o’clock to pick them up.
III – Writing. (15pts).
Part I: 1 - Develop the following notes –that are given in order- into coherent sentences. (2pts).
A – Family relationships / must / base / respect / understanding / tolerance.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
B – Philanthropy / to be / act / donate / money / help / poor / needy.
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
2 – Correct the underlined mistakes in the paragraph below. (3pts).
UNICEF’s role is to ensure protected for the most disadvantaged children – victims of war, disasters,
extremely poverty and all forms of violent and exploitation. It also insist that the survival and protection
of children are integral to human progress. For all these reasons, UNICEF have started a sponsoring
program in eight of the poorest countryes.
Mistakes
Correction
123456-
Part II: Topic. (10pts). Read the following letter that is sent to you by one of your friends.
Hi dear friend,
“I’m really overwhelmed. My parents are very strict with me. They control every aspect of my life, they
don’t let me do what I like and they want me to be always the best in the school. I don’t profit my
freedom like all my friends. I feel like a puppet. What can I do? Please help.”
Write a reply to your friend to advise him / her and help him / her find a solution for his / her problem.
Dear friend,
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………
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Secondary school of benikhedache
End-of-term test No 1
3rd form Arts 3.
Mr. Lassaad Elmahdhi
Duration: 2 hours
December, 2009
The text
1 – Bride-to-be Rebecca Symonds will invite two very special guests to her wedding – the parents
of the little girl who saved her life. Rebecca was 17 when she was given just a few days to live after a
virus caused her liver to fail. As she fought for her life in hospital, just a few miles away eight-year old
Amanda Marsh lay stricken after an accident at a riding stable. When tests showed that Amanda was
brain-dead, her parents Nigel and Yolanda decided to allow her life support machine to be switched off.
They also agreed to donate her organs for transplant – a decision that saved Rebecca. Today the two
families are firm friends and Rebecca, now 29, says: “the Marshes gave me the gift of life and I can never
thank them enough”.
2 – Rebecca, a payroll administrator from Benwick, Cambs, had been a healthy teenager before
the virus struck her down in October 1995. She recalls: “I was just about to start my A levels and I was
suddenly so ill I couldn’t get out of bed. After a few weeks I was admitted to Peterborough Hospital
where I was diagnosed with liver failure. I was given days to live and my only hope was a transplant”.
Rebecca’s parents, Melanie a 50-year-old foster carer and Phil, 53, a civil servant, struggled to come to
terms with her plight.
3 – Rebecca says “I remember my mom telling me about the tragic accident. It never crossed my
mind that in a cruel twist of fate that poor girl would end up being my savior. Less than 24 hours doctors
told us they had a potential donor. By this time I was so frail I didn’t really feel any emotion”. Surgeons
warned the family the operation could take eight hours but Rebecca was out in three and it was a
complete success. She says: “as soon as I came round I felt a thousand times better. It was incredible. But
I was desperate to find out whose liver I had, I wanted to thank the family.
4 – Last year Rebecca met farm worker Darren bailey, 29, and they plan to marry with Yolanda
and Nigel guests of honor. Rebecca says: “I never carried a donor card before my transplant, none of my
family did. Everyone I know carries one now because of what happened to me”.
Sun: March 26, 2008
By Sam Wostear
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