Doctors still shake their heads in amazement when they see 4-year-old Noah Wall.
Before he was born, Noah’s parents learned that he had numerous health problems, the worst being that he only had 2 percent of his brain, Christian News Network reports. Doctors told Shelly and Rob Wall that their son would die and recommended having an abortion, but the Walls refused.
Four years later, their son’s life is being hailed as a medical miracle. Noah survived birth, and now doctors say his brain is growing and is almost fully functional. “The Boy With No Brain,” a new documentary about Noah’s life, aired on British television last week.
“We’ve had three years not knowing how long he’s going to live, so to hear his brain’s almost back to normal is beyond belief,” Shelly said in the documentary. “Rob and I broke down when we heard the news. It was like a dream. I’ve never known anything like it. Even the consultants were in tears.”
In 2012, while Shelly was pregnant with Noah, doctors diagnosed him with spina bifida, chromosome abnormalities and hydrocephalus, according to the report. The family said their doctors recommended abortion five times.
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“It was never an option for us. To me, we wanted to give Noah that chance of life,” Rob said in the documentary.
Preparing for the worst, the Walls made funeral arrangements for their son before he was born. They even bought a coffin because they were told his chances of living outside the womb were so small.
When Noah arrived on March 6, 2012, the Walls said they heard him cry and felt relieved. Noah continued to surprise his parents and doctors. By his 1st birthday, his parents said he could smile, wave and say “mama” and “dada.”
Here’s more from the report:
Noah was paralyzed from the chest down and required surgery for a large hole in his back. He also had only two percent brain tissue—the rest being filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which required the implantation of a drain.
But as time went by, Noah progressed like other toddlers—talking and singing and smiling, and defying the odds.
Now, years later, doctors are now stunned to find that Noah’s brain has grown substantially and is nearly fully functional.
The Walls said Noah still has medical problems and will need more surgeries, but he is doing so much better than everyone predicted.
“Every time we see the doctors they just shake their head. They’re just amazed at what he can do,” Shelly said.