The mother of a boy who was born with just two per cent of his brain has spoken of how her ‘extraordinary’ son defied the odds.

When Shelly Wall, of Abbeytown in Cumbria, developed a rare condition called hydrocephalus in the womb, she and her husband Rob were told on five different occasions that they could terminate the pregnancy.

When their son Noah finally came into the world in 2012 doctors found he only had two per cent of his brain.

They were desperate to give their boy the chance of a healthy life – but had no idea if he would even survive, shares Daily Mail.

Miraculously he kept on growing, and so did his brain, which by the age of three, scans showed had grown to 80 per cent capacity.

Now at the age of six he has learned to talk and is hoping to be able to walk, surf and ski with the help of a pioneering clinic in Australia.

The family-of-three appeared on Good Morning Britain, where the Walls described their son’s progress as ‘extraordinary’.

Mr Wall said: ‘It’s a very emotive subject. Some people say you can’t grow a brain.

‘Other people say it must have always been there. But if it was and squashed up it would have been so severely damaged he would have been very mentally and physically disabled.’

Mrs Wall described their experience with doctors, saying: ‘Before he was born they gave me the option of a termination five times.

‘We got taken into a room and they drew a circle saying ‘this brain will only be half a brain’.

Mr Wall replied: ‘We were older parents, if younger people were offered that choice they may have felt pressured to go through with it, but we know our own minds and we are positive people.

The couple have been given an assessment a pioneering Australian clinic, where medics combine physiotherapy and cognitive training to ‘train the brain’.

He is confined to a wheelchair but with the help of the clinic hopes to try out some of his favourite sports.

Mr Wall said: ‘Usually they don’t do it for children. But we are incredibly lucky to have got an assessment.

‘The brain’s ability to heal and correct the body’s nervous system is amazing.’

Although Noah faces a lifetime of operations, he and his parents remain determined to fulfill his dreams, and seeing him walk is their ultimate goal.

Share your comments below

  • This is extraordinary indeed ! So amazing , this boy is a miracle. So good that his life was not cut short and terminated !


  • I’m glad that he has improved for both parents. I must be hard wanting a child but knowing he is going to have a condition for the rest of his life. I’m glad that there is technology these days that can help.


  • I knew a boy who had that condition. He had a shunt that drained a lot of the fluid out of his brain. He was a wizard at some subjects at school including drawing. He could watch a fast moving car on TV for a few minutes, then go into another room and draw a replica of the car. Some subjects he never mastered but the specialists told him Mum that the section of his brain that does those things was damaged. She was told that part of it loses tiny fragments like cracked egg shell. He was in his early teens when they convinced him to go into a wheelchair as he had lost his balance, his Mum was tiny ans he was a big lad. Sadly he passed away as the result of a heart attack.


  • Amazing little boy defying the odds


  • It sounds almost impossible!


  • Wow, how amazing! What an incredible outcome from such a grim prognosis.


  • This is amazing story, and this little boy has achieved so much more than anyone ever thought possible! I wish him and his family all the best in the future


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