Boy born with only two percent of his brain can now speak, count, attend school

Boy born with only two percent of his brain can now speak, count, attend school

When Noah Wall was born, he only had 2 percent of his brain. The doctors said he probably wouldn’t survive and if he did, he would be severely physically and developmentally disabled. But in a miraculous turn of events, Noah’s brain began to grow. He can now speak, count and attend school.

Noah, born to a family in Cumbria, England, had developed a rare complication of spina bifida while he was still in his mother’s womb. The condition is when the fetus’ skull is filled with fluid, crushing the brain down into a “thin sliver of tissue,” according to the UK’s Mirror.

Noah’s parents — Shelly and Rob — were advised by doctors to undergo abortion numerous times. To each, they refused. After Noah was born, an open wound in his back was closed and a shunt was installed to drain the fluid from his brain.  He was brought home and the entire family surrounded him constantly with love, affection, and care.

Eventually, Noah’s brain slowly began to grow. When he turned 3, a brain scan showed that his brain “had expanded to 80% of a normal brain.”


4 year old Noah Wall on his way to school. (Photo by Stuart Walker)


The family continues to keep Noah’s brain stimulated to aid his neurological growth.  His surgeon, Dr. Claire Nicholson of Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital in England , calls him “a remarkable child with two remarkable parents.”

Noah, who’s always smiling and shows empathy and love in his words and deeds, is now learning to read and write, can count, and is attending school. His brain continues to develop beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and after some surgeries on his hips, Noah’s family believes he may actually walk one day.


This report originally appears in Aleteia. Words by Zoe Romanowsky. Edited by Aizel Dolom.
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