Miss England finalist was hours from falling into life-threatening diabetic coma

Leah Green fell into a life-threatening diabetic coma last May just days before her GCSE exams (Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

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A beauty queen who almost fell into a diabetic coma after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes defied the odds to reach the finals of Miss England and pass all her GCSEs.

Leah Green, 18, was rushed to hospital in May last year in a life-threatening condition only days before she was meant to be sitting her GCSE exams.

Her GP warned her she was just hours from slipping into a diabetic after her blood sugar levels spiked to almost seven times the normal level, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

The budding model had spent a week of feeling thirsty, exhausted and had lost a stone in weight, but put it down to the stress of revising for her exams.

So the fitness fanatic was shocked when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes following a series of tests at King's Mill Hospital.

Leah spent three days on a ward recovering from her illness and learning how to inject herself with insulin in order to manage the disease.

Leah was rushed to hospital just days before her GCSEs
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

She managed to sit all her GCSEs against doctor's orders – and she passed them all
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

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She then sat her first GCSE exam the day after being discharged from hospital against doctor’s orders.

Leah was given a medical note advising against sitting all of her exams due to the severity of her condition but the determined teenager managed to pass them all.

She has now opted out of her A-Levels to pursue a career in modelling while working part-time as a carer and has just reached the finals of the Miss England competition.

Leah decided to enter the prestigious beauty contest in the wildcard category and was left overjoyed when she reached the final shortlist.

She says she would use her title to raise awareness of the disease if she were to win the Miss England crown and hopes to become an ambassador for Diabetes UK.

Now Leah has chosen to pursue a career in modelling
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

Leah, from Warsop, said: "It has been a rollercoaster year or so and after what I've been through I thought I might as well go for it.

“This is the first time I've ever done anything like this but after dealing with diabetes and passing my exams, I feel more and more confident than ever to speak out.

“When I found out I had Type 1 diabetes it was frightening because you don’t think something like this would happen to you.

"It was a complete shock because I’d always had a healthy lifestyle.

“But crying about it and giving up doesn’t help you, so I carried on. If I did win Miss England I would like to raise awareness about it.

She says if she won Miss England, she'd like to raise awareness of diabetes in the role
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

Leah also wants to become an ambassador for Diabetes UK
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

“I entered the contest spontaneously and never thought I’d be accepted. I was actually really shocked.

“Nothing like that has never happened to me. It is very different to what I normally do.

“I grew up on a farm in Warsop where it’s very rural. Beauty pageants are not part of life here.

“The current Miss England works for the NHS and as I’m a carer I think the competition is about showing what else you can do.”

Leah's ordeal began three days before she was due to sit her GCSE's at Meden School, near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire., after having a week of feeling ill.

She said: "I felt they were really important and I was getting stress from the pressure school was putting on. But I was too tired to move and felt so horrendous.

“I visited my GP on the Friday then was rushed straight to hospital because my blood glucose levels were way too high.

Leah said if she had not gone to the GP that day, she wouldn't be here
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

At first she'd put the way she felt down to stress
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

"If I hadn’t gone to the GP who sent me to hospital, I would not be here.

“There is something called diabetic ketoacidosis and I was so fortunate to be diagnosed with that then otherwise I would’ve gone into a coma within a few days.

“My dad took me immediately from the GP into King’s Mill hospital where there was a ward for me.

“They did quite a lot of tests on me and I ended up staying from Friday to Monday.

“It was Type 1 diabetes which was really confusing to me at first. I didn’t know a lot about it. The doctors told me this was my immune system attacking my pancreas.

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"It was a very stressful time because I had exams on the Tuesday and hadn’t been able to revise properly in hospital. The doctors advised me not to do them.

“I had a two-hour Philosophy and Ethics exam the next day. I felt absolutely horrendous, exhausted and had lost a hell of a lot of weight.

“I took my medical note into school. They asked the exam board who said I would either have to use my mock results or resit Year 11.

Leah said it can be hard remembering to inject and to eat the right foods
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

Leah has accepted her condition is part of her life now
(Image: Jurgen Payne / SWNS)

“I didn’t want to do either of those options, so I decided to give it a try. I ended up passing all of them.

“I was still quite disappointed, if I’d been well enough I would’ve done a lot better and I had worked really hard.

"But it has still given me the drive to push on with what I want to do in life. I was doing A-levels but dropped out to pursue modelling and caring.

"It can be hard remembering to inject. I now have to eat really healthily and check the food labels on everything I eat for fats and sugars and carbohydrates.

“Sometimes I am unable to move and I shake everywhere. I feel really tired and I’m unable to focus.

"But I've now I’ve learnt to manage the signs better and have accepted its part of my life now.

"When something like this happens you just have to push on with your ambitions and I feel more determined than ever"

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