Boy with 'no brain' defies the odds by learning to talk and count

Boy with 'no brain' defies the odds by learning to talk and count
Photo: Facebook/Shelly Bobbins

Meet Noah Wall, a charming four-year-old boy who always has a smile on his face.

You'd never guess that he was not expected to survive his birth in 2012.

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Good morning lovelies 󾌬󾌬󾌬󾌬󾌬

Posted by Shellybobbins on Monday, 11 July 2016

A recent TV programme by US network Channel 5 documented the boy's incredible recovery from a brain injury where a buildup of fluids in his brain crushed the organ to a mere sliver in his skull.

It was a complication of the birth defect, spina bifida. Those with the condition are born with exposed spinal cords and are often paralysed in the lower limbs.

Before Noah's birth, doctors had warned his parents that he would be severely disabled physically and mentally. But they refused to terminate the pregnancy.

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Posted by Hugsfornoah on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

After his birth, Noah had to undergo surgery immediately to close up the open wound on his lower back and drain the excess fluid from his brain.

Four years later, scans of the boy's brain show that it has miraculously grown from less than two per cent to 80 per cent of normal size.

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2% brain on the left - close to normal brain on the right

Posted by Shellybobbins on Sunday, 12 July 2015

The boy's family is committed to maximise his brain development, with his mother saying: "I want to make sure that he's making use of the best of what he's got."

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What a proud moment !!! I had to share this picture I've just taken with Noah !!!!! Noah's just written "Mummy" for the very first time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Shellybobbins on Friday, 6 January 2017

And despite being paralysed from the chest down, Noah is a cheerful boy who has achieved important milestones such as learning to talk and write, The Mirror reported.

His next challenge? Walking.

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YAY first time STANDING in my dancing legs since July last year !!!!! What do you think ????? Do you love them xxx

Posted by Hugsfornoah on Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Noah is making progress as he can be seen standing upright using walking braces on the Facebook page Hugsfornoah.

Meanwhile, the boy's growth has baffled doctors and made them question their understanding of the human brain.

As the boy thrives, his neurosurgeon from Newcastle's Great North Children's Hospital Dr Claire Nicholson said: "He teaches the medical profession that you can't ever know."

"Noah's case is a message of hope for anyone with a brain injury."

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Posted by Hugsfornoah on Wednesday, 27 May 2015

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