Disabled Baby Turns One After Mother Rejects Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 20, 2013   |   4:47PM   |   London, England

Noah Wall has turned one — which may not be an outlandish milestone for most toddlers but is for this disabled baby boy who doctors suggested be aborted.

Doctors advised Shelly and Rob Wall to have an abortion of their severely disabled baby because he was ‘unlikely’ to survive. The Walls even bought a coffin before the baby was born because they were told his chances of living outside the womb were so small.

But now Noah Wall has learned to move his arms, smile, wave and say ‘mama’ and ‘dada’.

The Christian Institute has more on this moving story:

Mrs Wall wants to tell their story so that mothers who are pregnant with a disabled baby won’t “give up hope”.

Noah was diagnosed with spina bifida, rare chromosomal abnormalities and fluid on the brain at Mrs Wall’s 12 week scan.

The couple were offered an abortion, but refused, wanting to give their baby a chance to live.

But Noah’s chance of survival was so low that they started to organize his funeral before he was born.

Mrs Wall said: “Before he was born we received a letter saying he would not be resuscitated if he couldn’t breathe on his own because his condition was so serious.”

“To be pregnant and have to go to a funeral parlour to pick a coffin for your unborn baby is absolutely horrible.”

The London Daily Mail did a profile on Noah and his parents last month and posted some beautiful pictures.