When Shelly Wall visited the hospital for a check-up, doctors told her the one news that any pregnant woman would not want to year. She was told that her baby has a condition that would basically not let him live.
As her doctor went onto explain in-depth, Shelly learned that her baby boy Noah had Spina bifida, and had developed a rare complication of the defect caused by hydrocephalus.
Because of fluid damage from his hydrocephalus, his brain would be crushed down into thin tissues around his skull. As a result, 98% of Noah’s brain would not function properly. Basically, even if Noah survived the birth, he would be severely disabled for the rest of his life both mentally and physically.
Noah’s parents were offered termination five times, and were recommended to make plans for the baby’s funeral even before he was born.
“I’d never seen a baby’s coffin before,” said Shelly in her interview with the Mirror.
But, Noah’s parents did not give up. They chose to give birth to Noah, and hoped to raise him as best as they could until the very last moment.
That was more than four years ago. Flash forward to now, and you will see how Noah’s defying what doctors had told his parents before.
Miraculously, his brain started to grow itself back. When doctors saw Noah’s brain scan, they were at loss for words. This had never happened before – the chances of brain growing itself back is slim to none. But, the evidence was right before their eyes.
The scan suggested a completely different situation than the one taken four years ago – from 2% of functional brain tissues, Noah’s brain had developed almost 80% of brain tissues.
Yes, Noah’s developmental process was admittedly slower than that of his peers, he still learned how to talk. And by the time he was four years old, Noah is speaking just like any other kid in his age group. He’s even capable of tracing the letters of his name and count to ten.
How his brain grew itself is a miracle to everyone – including top scientists and doctors. In fact, BBC announced that it would create a documentary about Noah’s recovery, called “The Boy With No Brain.”
In the documentary, Noah’s neurosurgeon Dr. Claire Nicholson of Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital says that Noah is “a remarkable child with two remarkable parents.”
Now that Noah’s brain had expanded to 80% of a normal brain, his doctors are making future plans for surgeries that would allow him to walk.
And Noah’s father believes that this will happen. “We’re determined that Noah will be able to walk either with mechanical aids or without,” said his father.
“Noah will show us exactly what he’s capable of and just what he wants to do in his life,” added Noah’s mother. “He’s so determined and we’re so proud.”
What an incredible recovery! It truly is a miracle.