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‘Our miracle baby was born without a brain. Now he’s a healthy 6-year-old’

His parents were told to terminate five times, but they refused.

When Shelley Wall was pregnant with Noah, doctors were certain he wouldn’t survive. Scans showed the baby boy’s brain wasn’t developing.

In fact, only two percent of a normal brain was showing in the scans, and he also had spina bifida.

Doctors repeatedly asked Shelley and her husband Rob if they wanted to terminate the pregnancy, saying that the child would never walk, talk, eat, see or hear. But the parents refused.

“I think possibly if younger people were offered that choice, they may have felt pressured into taking it,” Rob said on Good Morning Britain.

“Because we’re older parents, we know our own minds and we’re positive people. We wanted to give Noah the chance of life.”

“He’s an extraordinary child”

Against all odds, Noah survived, and by three years old, a brain scan showed something incredible. Noah’s brain had grown to 80 percent of a normal brain mass. Doctors were baffled.

Rob explained that some doctors believed that Noah had no brain in the first place while others thought a normal brain had been compressed into a small space. They believed that fitting a shunt had allowed the existing brain to grow back to where it should have been.

“Even if his brain had been so squashed up, he’d be severely mentally disabled because of all that damage and look at him. He’s as bright as a button,” he said.

By three, Noah’s brain had grown to 80 percent of normal brain mass. Photo: ITV

“We’ve focused on his brain development”

Noah’s parents have dedicated years to helping Noah’s brain develop, even taking him to Australia to participate in a therapy called “neurophysics”. It combines physiotherapy with cognitive exercises.

Noah has learned to sit up by himself and has even gone surfing. Next on the list is learning to walk.

The six-year-old boy is doing well and has surprised his maternity doctors. They’ve called him “extraordinary” and his parents send them regular photos and emails to update them on Noah’s progress.

Noah is doing well and is working on learning to walk. Photo: ITV

 

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