The brain is often something we take for granted and besides the ails we are said to counter as we grow older, imagine being born with a quarter missing. How do you survive, manage and thrive?
Let’s go to Abbeytown and find out more from Noah Wall, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus (brain cavity filled with water). The quirky part of the whole situation is that he was born with the back quarter of his brain missing, with his initial scans showing only around 2% brain function.1
So, Noah was put into the ICU from the moment he was born and was also paralyzed all the way down from his chest.
His parents, Shelly and Rob, however did not give up and wanted to make sure Noah could go to school someday like other kids.
For now, Noah is being home-schooled by his parents, so this allows him to make time for any physiotherapy and hydrotherapy appointments and scans to see his progress.
Although, doctors told them that little Noah would not survive after he was born, just within a year, Noah’s brain-scans showed amazing improvement from 2% to being fully-grown like a normal four-year-old.
Defying the odds and astounding those very doctors, Noah is now going to school, something his parents never anticipated in his or their lifetimes. His mother added, that it will be according to his wishes, if he wants to go for a few times a week but for now, he’s super excited and has gotten his books, lunch bag, pencils and even PE kit ready to play football sometime.
His mother, said she did not want to send Noah to a special needs school, but wanted him to have the experiences as a kid going through mainstream education. So they chose Allonby Primary School, which has a lesser number of students and would help Noah not be disturbed by too much noise, which still bothers him.
A little before attending his new school, Noah will now be undertaking a major surgery to overcome the paralysis of his limbs. He will be getting a new hip socket, fixing his legs in one place, followed by weeks in a spica cast, all of which requires adjusting the environment to his needs, be it makeshift car seats, seating spaces and clothes.
Shelly said he went from preparing his funeral to when he was born to being baffled by his miraculous recovery. Showing all of us that he is capable of anything and can do whatever he wants in life and setting an example for both brain surgeons and us, about beating odds.
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