ET: A boy who was born with only 2 percent of his brain has not only survived against all odds, but gone on to learn to speak, count, and even do a little surfing, as his brain miraculously grew to 80 percent of normal size.
Six-year-old Noah Wall was diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephaly when he was growing in his mother’s womb.
At the time, British doctors told his parents he would only have “half a brain.” Five times they offered to terminate her pregnancy. Five times they refused.
When he was born, doctors found that only 2 percent of his skull cavity was filled with his brain—which had either been squashed down or had not grown.
They told his parents was likely Noah would be so severely disabled he wouldn’t be able to see, hear, talk, or eat.
By the age of 2, he was sitting up straight, singing, and playing computer games at his home in Cumbria in the north of England. read more