By Erin Jobes
When Shelly Wall, a resident of Abbeytown, Cumbria in the United Kingdom, was informed while pregnant that her baby had a rare condition called hydrocephalus, along with rare chromosomal abnormalities, and spina bifida, she was told to get an abortion five different times.
When their son Noah was born in 2012, doctors gave them the news that Noah only had two percent of of his brain. Both her and her husband Rob were not sure if their baby would survive, but they wanted him to have a chance at life. Slowly but surely, as Noah aged and grew, his brain grew as well. At the age of three, a scan of Noah’s brain showed that the two percent had grown to eighty percent.
When asked on Good Morning Britain why Rob and Shelly Wall chose to go through with the pregnancy, despite the grim odds, Rob said, “We were older parents, if younger people were offered that choice they may have felt pressured to go through with it, but we know our own minds and we are positive people… We wanted to give Noah the chance of life.”
Noah is now six, can speak, and has big dreams to learn to walk, surf, and ski with the help of an Australian clinic.
Though Noah faces a lifetime of operations and challenges, he and his parents are both happy and grateful for the successes they have had thus far.
Watch Noah's interview with Good Morning Britain below: