A boy born with a severe birth defect that destroyed all but a small fraction of his brain has left doctors in awe after recent head scans years later.
When 4-year-old Noah Wall was born, he had spina befida and hydrocephalus -- a condition that left the infant with virtually no functional brain tissue and a swollen head -- doctors feared the worst.
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They suggested Noah's parents Shelly, 44, and Rob Wall, 50, terminate the pregnancy rather than birth a child whose odds of survival were expected to be severely limited due to his mental and physical disabilities.
Despite the high risks, however, the parents opted to see the pregnancy through.
And to many's surprise, the family reported Noah to be singing, sitting up straight and playing games on the computer at age two.
Fast forward two more years, and Noah is now able to talk, trace the letters of his name and count to ten, his mother told the Cumberland News & Star.
Scans doctors conducted have shown tremendous development in Noah's brain, developing almost 80 percent of brain tissue in the past four years -- a large leap from the reported 2 percent of functional brain tissue he was born with.
"I was planning his funeral while I was pregnant - I could never have imagined this incredible day would come," he mother told the outlet.
Noah has since been enrolled in school for one year, attending the Allonby Primary School in Cumbria -- a village in western England -- one day a week.
"Noah will show us exactly what he's capable of and just what he wants to do in life," his mother said. "He's so determined and we're so proud."