July 23, 2017

Hydrocephalus Boy’s Brain 80% Normal Size at Age 4

Abbeytown, England—Despite repeated urging by doctors, Rob and Shelly Wall refused to abort their boy, diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus—a condition that left him with a brain 2% normal size at birth. Medical experts assured the couple their son, Noah, would not survive the womb, or die shortly after birth.

Immediately after Noah’s birth, he had emergency surgery to close the opening in his spine and to drain fluid from his largely empty brain cavity. Then, the Walls got to work, continually staying close to him and stimulating him. By age three, his brain had expanded to 80% normal size; and at four, he can count to 10, is learning to read and write, and is well-equipped for social interaction.

British TV featured him in the documentary, “The Boy with No Brain,” and on February 17, a second documentary, “The Boy Who Grew a New Brain,” followed up.