A little boy born with just 2% of his brain has defied medics by learning to talk, count and he is now starting to learn to walk.
Noah Wall’s parents were told to prepare for the worst as he was given an almost zero chance of survival at birth.
But now the six-year-old has not only ‘grown back’ most of his brain, he is learning to move his legs and is trying to stand.
His parents Michelle and Rob are now hopeful that their son – who doctors advised them to abort – will soon be taking his first steps.
Noah’s brain failed to grow after he developed spina bifida and hydrocephalus in the womb.
Despite all the odds, it has since ‘grown’ back and is now 80% of a normal size.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Rob said some doctors believe Noah had no brain at all.
Other medics think his brain had been squashed into a small space and grew back after a shunt was fitted.
Rob told the show: ‘Even if his brain had been so squashed up, he’d be severely mentally disabled because of all that damage and look at him – he’s as bright as a button.’
The family hope that Noah will soon be walking (Picture: Good Morning Britain/ITV)Noah was complemented on his tie by presenter Richard Madeley and beamed as he replied ‘thanks.’
After Michelle fell pregnant, scans revealed a catalogue of health problems for her baby and medics repeatedly urged the couple to terminate.
Asked why they decided to continue with the pregnancy Rob said: ‘I think possibly if younger people were offered that choice, they may have felt pressured into taking it.’
When Noah was born in March 2012, doctors put a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notice on him.
Medics warned that he would be so severely disabled he wouldn’t be able to see, hear, talk or eat.
Noah Wall was given zero chance of survival at birth (Picture: Good Morning Britain/ITV)The couple, of Wigton, Cumbria, devoted themselves to his development and by the age of three doctors were amazed when scans showed his brain had grown to 80% and was almost fully functioning.
He also learned to speak and count, like any other toddler.
Despite this his family were told that because of damage to his spine, he would be paralysed for life.
But last year Michelle and Rob, who have two older daughters, heard about radical ‘brain training’ treatment in Australia called NeuroPhysics.
It is a mixture of physiotherapy and cognitive exercises and helped paralysed Manchester Arena bomb survivor Martin Hibbert recover feeling in his legs
Rob said: ‘It’s all to do with the brain’s ability to heal or correct the body’s nervous system.’
Noah’s brain has remarkably grown back (Picture: Good Morning Britain/ITV)Noah was too young to embark on an official course because of the levels of concentration needed.
But founders Ken and Nickie Ware agreed to meet the family at their clinic in Queensland and within days Noah began responding to treatment.
One of the exercises involves Noah lying on his back with his feet in elastic stirrups trying to swing his legs.
Michelle recalled: ‘But by the end of the trip he was swinging his legs from side to side, making cycling movements and even grabbing hold of the bands and pulling himself into a sitting position.
‘We were all cheering: “Come on, Noah!” and he did it.
‘He even managed to lift his legs and bring them towards his face.
‘He was so proud saying: “I did it! I did it!” He’s dreamed of doing these things – now he knows that they’re all possible.’
Noah was very happy to be complemented on his tie (Picture: Good Morning Britain/ITV)Now back at home in the UK, Noah has a full daily programme of exercises and the family are confident he will one day walk.
The family are now hoping to buy child-sized gym equipment that will help him continue with his exercises at home.
To donate or see Noah’s progress visit www.hugsfornoah.co.uk