British boy born “without brain” given a chance at life

From NY Post: A British boy born with just 2 percent of his brain defied the odds and is now a happy 6-year-old — after it “grew back.”

Shelley and Rob Wall, from Cumbria, in northwest England, were advised to terminate the pregnancy five times after finding out that their baby had “no brain.” Dad Rob said that many doctors believed his unborn son had not developed a brain.

Incredibly, however, by the time Noah was 3 years old his brain had grown to 80 percent of the normal size.

Now doctors believe Noah’s brain had actually just been squashed into a small space — and that after he had a shunt fitted, it grew back to where it should have been.

The youngster, now 6 years old, appeared on “Good Morning Britain” with his parents to share his extraordinary story, which host Richard Madley called “a miracle.”

“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,” said Noah’s father.

He explained that because they were older parents, the couple was more resistant to doctors’ calls to terminate the pregnancy. “I think possibly if younger people were offered that choice, they may have felt pressured into taking it. Because we’re older parents, we know our own minds and we’re positive people. We wanted to give Noah the chance of life.

And it paid off big time.

Doctors told the parents that their son would be severely mentally disabled — unable to talk, see, hear or eat. Then they also discovered that Noah had spina bifida and gave him very little chance of surviving. But the 6-year-old can do all of those things.

Noah was born 11/11 at 11 o’clock.

“We waited with bated breath and they put a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notice on Noah,” recalled mom of three Shelley. Now the pair have dedicated their time to his brain development, even flying him to Australia to a radical brain training center, where he learned how to sit up unaided and even managed to go surfing.

Noah now wants to learn to walk and wants to continue learning how to surf and even start skiing.

The treatment that Noah’s been having in Australia is called “neurophysics” — a mixture of physiotherapy and cognitive exercises.

Noah’s father explained that typically doctors don’t usually undertake the therapy with children because of the cognitive side of things, however, they were lucky enough to be able to persuade them to see and assess Noah and prepare them for when he’s old enough to have that cognitive treatment.

“It’s all to do with the brain’s ability to heal or correct the body’s nervous system,” he said.

The doctors who initially met with Noah and his mother in the UK admit that the youngster is “extraordinary.”

The family now sends them emails, pictures and updates about Noah’s progress, and he even goes to visit and bring them presents at Christmas.

English actress Daniella Westbrook tweeted the show to say that Noah was the “cutest little boy” — something which seemed to delight the boy who keeps proving doctors wrong.

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Great story!

Dr. Eowyn
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“by the time Noah was 3 years old his brain had grown to 80 percent of the normal size. Now doctors believe Noah’s brain had actually just been squashed into a small space”

So much for medical science.
Good thing Noah’s parents listened to their conscience — that still, small voice of God. Noah Wall’s story lifts our spirits and gives us hope.

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Leeann Springer

That boy is just the cutest! I love his smile, spirit and his “yeps”. : ) If anyone had 2% of their brains, it’s the doctors who made his diagnosis. When I was pregnant with my only child, at age 25, the doctors suggested a therapeutic abortion, because of my autoimmunity due to the Lupus Spectrum and the medications I took (steroids). That is not something to suggest to a person who is totally Pro-Life. I said “absolutely not”! The doctors, said that my child would be born with birth defects or I could possibly miscarry. I stopped the steroids,… Read more »

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Recynd77

I’ve heard many stories like this one; between anecdotes like this one and my own experiences, I’m not convinced doctors—even “specialists”—know half as much as they like to think they do. My husband has a “complicated medical history”. In common parlance, he’s what you’d call “a mess”: among other things, he has dystonia, severe and progressive ankylosing spondylosis, CFS/ME (other than work, he’s bed-bound 90% of the time), and suffers from TBI from a bout of HSE a decade ago—if anyone is interested, you can look it up…it’s depressing. All in all, the countless doctors have only made things worse… Read more »

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sixlittlerabbits

This is great news and I congratulate the NY Post for spreading it. I doubt the NY Times included it!

TrailDust
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Such a wonderful story! Thank you DCG for sharing it!

Alma
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Alma

It’s all in the name “NOAH”. We shall see more of Noah.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

God’s work is amazing and many times unexpected by even “experts:” I have a cousin-removed (my mom’s cousin) who is just a little older than me. Her father had been an army medic in Korea, and once home, in his late 30’s, was diagnosed/near death from Hodgkins’ Lymphoma (about which, at the time, little could be done). This cousin, his youngest child, contracted diptheria. On her literal deathbed, the family/rural doctor came to their home and told the parents that nothing more could be done. In her suffocating death throes, her ex-medic, dying father gave her CPR…b/c he knew how… Read more »

William
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William

My comments aren’t posting. Hmmm. Maybe just as well

William
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William

The editor of Skeptic Magazine, Michael Shermer, an atheist, says he doesn’t believe in miracles and to be convinced he would need to see someone regrow a missing body part. Well? This is indeed miraculous and very uplifting and should be celebrated. Perhaps by illuminating the pinnacle of the “Freedom Tower” in NYC with brilliant white light.

Lola
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Lola

My friend’s sister chose not to terminate—though she had been advised to do so—her little girl, who had been diagnosed in utero with a Trisomy defect. She lived for just a few hours, enough time to bring an entire quarreling family together, and make a lasting pro life resolve for all who heard the story.

Steven Broiles
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The courage of the Walls is nothing short of colossal, and I hope Noah goes far in life. They may not realize it, but this brave family SPAT RIGHT IN THE EYE of British Eugenics, the precursor to evolution, communism and national socialism! And to think they had Noah survive the National Health Service in England, of all places!

God Bless them all. More news we’ll never see on the lamestream news media.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

That there should be such a distinction as “pro-life” is strange in itself. The implication, of course, is that those in opposition are “anti-life”. I suppose they are. How cool is that?

William
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William

I submitted a couple of fairly lengthy comments that were “awaiting moderation” (as you explained because of some confusion regarding upper and lower case “w”) but now they have disappeared. Understandably, you must be busy busy busy and have neither the time nor inclination to moderate comments. I don’t think I’ve said anything that was out of line, but what do I know? I can only surmise that I said something you don’t like. Fortunately I don’t live on likes, but having been disappeared/kicked off from many online forums (which upon further reflection were merely gatekeeper/controlled opposition sites), usually for… Read more »

sid costello
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sid costello

We have a young New York Congresswoman just elected who was born with this exact same deficiency…..
….unfortunately for the people on New York and unlike the subject of this story, the young New York Congresswoman has not made any progress with gaining cognitive ability since the earliest discovery of her brainlessness.

…oh well