Student goes into labour before sitting exam and still completes 90-minute test

Telegraph Reporters
Khiara Darbyshire gave birth to daughter Poppy a few hours after her exam - Terry Applin

A student went into labour as she was about to sit an exam and still completed the one-and-a-half hour test.

Khiara Darbyshire, was attached to a Tens machine to control the pain of contractions while she undertook her theatrical and media makeup test at Brighton Met college.

The 20-year-old gave birth to daughter Poppy a few hours later - and later learned she had passed the exam.

Khiara had gone into hospital the weekend before the Tuesday exam because the baby was not moving and decided to be induced as she felt it was a safer option for delivery.

She picked up her Tens machine, a device that uses a mild electrical current to help reduce pain, on the Monday and then sat the written test exam the day after, to the surprise of her teacher.

Khiara, who lives Worthing, said: "I told her that technically I had been in labour for a couple of days and her face dropped.

"She told me that if I needed to leave I could just leave.

"I thought it would have been better to do it in labour than to do it with a screaming baby, so I just did it.

"The machine really helped, if the pain got to the point that it was starting to hurt I would turn it up.

"When I got a contraction I would focus on my breathing so I could get the exam done. The good news is I passed."

Poppy was born two weeks early at Worthing Hospital, weighing 7lb 9oz, on April 3.

Khiara, who lives with her partner Sam Tarrant, 23, baby Poppy, and son Hugo, four, is no stranger to having contractions during exams.

The student, who is originally from Shoreham, was pregnant with Hugo during her final years of GCSEs.

And the age of 16, she sat a GCSE geography exam while experiencing labour pains with Hugo, who was born five days later.

She became pregnant again in August last year, shortly before she was due to start her advanced diploma in theatrical and media makeup at Brighton Met.

The 20-year-old has now graduated from her course with a merit grade